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Phillies Call Up Flame Throwing Relief Pitcher

Written by Tony Ghaul

The Philadelphia Phillies have called up hard-throwing relief pitcher Orion Kerkering. The 22-year-old right-hander won the the Phillies’ 2023 Paul Owens Award recipient as their top minor-league pitcher.

Kerkering was a fifth-round pick in 2022 out of the University of South Florida. Kerkering began the Class A Clearwater and earning promotions to High A Jersey Shore, Double A Reading and, on Monday, Triple A Lehigh Valley.

For the season, Kerkering has a 1.51 ERA in 49 appearances with 79 strikeouts and 12 walks through four levels of minor league baseball. Kerkering fastball has been clocked in triple digits.

Pitcher Orion Kerkering. Photo courtesy of Milb Central – Twitter/X

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