The Phillies announced that they’ve designated left-hander Austin Davis for assignment. The move opens a spot on the 40-man roster for righty David Hale, whom the Phillies acquired in exchange for pitching prospect Addison Russ (as reported earlier today).
Davis, 27, has spent parts of the past three seasons in the Majors with the Phillies but has yet to establish himself as a consistent option. He’s allowed seven runs in three innings this season and pitched to an overall 5.86 ERA in 58 1/3 MLB frames. Davis has punched out 64 hitters in that time, but control has also been an issue, as evidenced by the 27 walks he’s allowed and the five batters he’s hit.
A 12th-round pick back in 2014, Davis has a sharp Triple-A track record, having compiled a 2.69 ERA with 11.2 K/9 against 3.4 BB/9 in 83 2/3 innings of relief at that level. Throughout the upper minors, he’s generally posted above-average strikeout numbers with solid control. He’s also averaged 93.5 mph on his heater in the Majors and has a minor league option remaining beyond the current season, so it’s possible another club will have interest in hopes that a change of scenery can help get him on track.