Milwaukee, WI, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-US PRESSWIRE
Cole Hamels is ill. Replacing him for Wednesday's game is a top prospect who's done very well in the minor leagues in 2012.
Tyler Cloyd, named the International League's best pitcher a day ago, will make his major-league debut Wednesday only because of an illness to Cole Hamels.
The Phillies announced Hamels will not start as scheduled because of a gastrointestinal illness. Replacing him is Cloyd, who was slated to pitch at triple-A Lehigh Valley. Instead, he will face the New York Mets.
Cloyd, who is in his fifth year in the Phillies organization, has had a breakout season with both Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He's gone 12-1 with a 2.35 ERA and 1.007 WHIP in Triple-A, after posting a 1.80 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in four starts in Double-A. It should, at the very least, get Phillies fans excited for the future in a dismal season.