Legends On Deck

Prospects on Deck: RHP Zach Eflin – Phillies

On December 19, 2014, the Philadelphia Phillies traded SS Jimmy Rollins and cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers for LHP Tom Windle and RHP Zach Eflin.

Just one day prior, the latter piece of the trade, was also involved in a swap that sent Matt Kemp and Tim Federowicz to the San Diego Padres for Yasmani Grandal and Joe Wieland.

Eflin was originally signed by the Padres in 2012 out of Paul J. Hagerty High School, in Oveido, Florida.

In 2012, Eflin appeared in four games in Rookie ball, finishing with a 0-1 record, and a 7.71 ERA.  From 2013-2014, the Florida native started 46 games, posting a 17-13 record, with a 3.26 ERA, and 179 Ks in 246.2 innings combined between Class-A Full and Advanced.

After the trade that sent him to the Phillies organization, Eflin was assigned to Double-A Reading Fightin Phils in the Eastern League for the 2015 season and started 23 games, finishing 8-6, with a 3.69 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 131.2 innings.

In 2016, the 6’6″ righthander started the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, appearing 11 games from April 12 – June 9, posting a 5-2 record, a 2.90 ERA, and 55 K’s in 68.1 innings.

On June 14, Eflin was called up to the majors and in his first MLB start, he received a rude welcome from the Toronto Blue Jays as they slammed him for eight runs, on nine hits, three home runs, three walks and just two strikeouts in 2.2 inings.

But Eflin responded favorably in his next outing against the Arizona D-backs, as he tossed 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with a walk and three strikeouts.

On July 5th against the Atlanta Braves, the rookie righthander won his first MLB game, tossing a complete game, allowing just one run on six hits, no walks and six strikeouts.

In his last three outings of the 2016 season, he gave up 20 runs in 13 innings, and it was revealed that his struggles were caused by pain in his knees that landed him on the DL, diagnosed with Patellar tendinopathy in both knees, and underwent season ending surgery.

On April 6, 2017, Eflin made his first appearance of the new season in a rehab assignment with the Threshers and pitched five stellar shutout innings, allowing just one hit, no walks, with six strikeouts, while earning the win and leading his team to a 3-1 victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays.

Congrats to Eflin on fighting his way back to the mound and showing that he is ready to compete in 2017. It was a great sign for the young right hander, who made a very good impression in his time in the majors in 2016, and has proven to be a great asset to a young Phillies staff.

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