Zachary Adams Eflin (pronounced EFF-lin)… 2012 graduate of Hagerty High School (FL)… Participated in the Florida Atlantic Coaches Association (FACA) All-Star Classic…Hobbies: Fishing, golfing and playing guitar… Signed by: Willie Bosque.
Began the season with Lehigh Valley (AAA), posting a 1.69 ERA in 3 starts before being recalled on 4/30... Took a perfect game through 5.0 innings in his season debut, 5/1 at MIA.. Struck out a career-high 9 batters on 5/7 vs SF, needing only 3.2 innings to surpass his previous high of 6 (twice, both in complete games)...Clubbed his first ML home run on 5/25 vs TOR...Went 5-0 with a 1.76 ERA (6 ER, 30.2 IP), 6 BB, 0 HR, 28 SO and held opponents to a .218 AVG in five June starts...Was T-1st in the majors in wins and HR/9.0 IP in June, and n the NL ranked 3rd in ERA, 4th in SO/BB (4.97) and 8th in WHIP (0.98)...Was the first Phillie to win 5 games in a month since May 2012 (Hamels) and the first to have at least 30.0 IP and 0 HR allowed in a month since April 2012 (Halladay)...Had a 32.2-inning streak without allowing a home run in parts of 7 starts, 5/30-7/3...Posted a career-long 11.0-inning scoreless streak, 6/22-7/3...Was on the 10-day DL, 7/15 (retro to 7/12) to 7/22 with a right middle finger blister...Won 6 straight starts, 6/5-7/3, joining Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay as the only Phillies to accomplish that since 2000; posted a 1.91 ERA (8 ER, 37.2 IP) in those starts...Pitched 8.0 innings on 85 pitches, 8/4 vs MIA, becoming the first Phillie since 2005 to finish a start with at least 8.0 innings on 85 or fewer pitches... Optioned to Lehigh Valley on 8/11 and recalled on 8/22, however did not miss a start because he served as 26th man for the doubleheader on 8/16...Allowed only 19 ER in 56.2 IP (3.02 ERA) from the fourth inning on in his starts, but surrendered 43 ER in 71.1 IP (5.43 ERA) in innings 1-3.
Began the season on the 10-day DL recovering from off season surgery on both knees; activated and optioned to Lehigh Valley (AAA) on 4/11 following a rehab assignment with Clearwater (A)... Recalled on 4/18 after making one start for Lehigh Valley... Had a career-best 29.0-inning streak without issuing a walk, 4/18-5/10; longest by a Phillie since 2013-14 (Cliff Lee, 31.0 IP)... Had 3 straight starts with at least 7.0 IP and no walks, 4/18-5/4... Optioned to Lehigh Valley on 5/28... Was on the 7-day DL, 6/3-7/8 (right elbow strain); included a rehab assignment with Gulf Coast League Phillies (R)... Allowed 2 ER or fewer in 5 of his 7 starts with Lehigh Valley... Recalled on 8/8 and made 3 starts before being placed on the 10-day DL on 8/22 (retro to 8/19) with a right shoulder strain, causing him to miss the remainder of the season... Posted a 2.81 ERA (10 ER, 32.0 IP) in his first 5 starts of the season and a 9.46 ERA (34 R, 32.1 IP) in his final 6 appearances.
Began the season with Lehigh Valley (AAA)...Named International League Pitcher of the Week, 4/11-17 (2-0, 0.64 ERA, 14.0 IP, 7 H, R, ER, 2 BB, 8 SO)...Had his contract selected and made his ML debut, 6/14 at TOR...Became the first Phillies starting pitcher to make his ML debut outside of the United States since RHP David Coggin, 6/23/00 at Olympic Stadium (MTL); he was the first Phillies starting pitcher to ever make his debut in TOR...At just 22 years and 67 days old, he was the 4th-youngest starting pitcher to debut for the Phillies since 2000, trailing only Gavin Floyd (21 years, 220 days), Brett Myers (21 years, 341 days) and Aaron Nola (22 years, 47 days)..Became the first Phillies pitcher to toss a CG for his 1st career win since 6/14/98 (Carlton Loewer), 7/5 vs ATL...At 22 years, 105 days, was the youngest Phillies pitcher to toss 2 CG in a single season since 1975, when both Tom Underwood (21 yrs, 142 days) and Larry Christenson (21 years, 251 days) did so...Was placed on the 15-day DL on 8/9 (patellar tendinopathy) and missed the remainder of the season...Underwent surgery on his right knee on 8/19, and his left knee on 9/30 (Dr. Steve Cohen)
Named the 4th-best prospect in the Phillies minor league system by Baseball America prior to the season... Spent the entire season with Reading (AA)... T-9th in the Eastern League in WHIP (1.21)... Selected as an EL midseason All-Star... Named EL and Phillies Minor League Player of the Week, 4/9-19... Began the season by throwing 15.2 consecutive scoreless innings over 3 starts... Pitched for Team USA in the Pan Am Games, 7/10-19 in Toronto, Canada; Team USA won the silver medal... Went 2-0, 1.38 ERA (2 ER, 13.0 IP) in 2 starts in the EL playoffs.
Spent the entire season with Lake Elsinore (A)... Allowed 2 ER or fewer in 17 of his 24 starts (71%)... Posted a 3.37 ERA (46 ER, 123.0 IP) in 23 of his 24 starts; allowed 8 ER in 5.0 innings, 4/9 at High Desert.
Spent season with Fort Wayne (A)... Led the Midwest League in ERA (2.73)... Allowed 2 ER or fewer in each of his final 19 starts (2.18 ERA, 26 ER, 107.1 IP)
Began his pro career with the Arizona League Padres (R).