Ex-Pelican Eickhoff gets called to majors by Phillies

pel-eikhoffThe Philadelphia Phillies have recalled right-handed pitcher Jerad Eickhoff from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The former Pelicans starter, who pitched in Myrtle Beach during the 2013 season, was one of six players traded by the Texas Rangers to the Phillies in the deal headlined by three-time All-Star left-hander Cole Hamels.

Eickhoff is expected to make his big league debut on Friday while in Miami against the Marlins. He is the eleventh former Pelicans player this year, and 24th in the last two seasons, to make the Major Leagues for the first time in his career. In the 17-year history of the Pelicans franchise, Eickhoff is the 136th player all-time to make the Show after playing on the Grand Strand.

Eickhoff, 25, spent the majority of the 2013 campaign with the Pelicans, going 7-3 in 21 games, all starts. He posted a 3.41 ERA, good for ninth in the Carolina League, and his 1.17 WHIP was third in the eight-team circuit. In 116.0 innings before his promotion to Double-A, the Evansville, Indiana, native struck out 80 hitters in the league while walking just 26. His 1.86 walks per nine innings was the second lowest rate in the circuit among qualifying starters, and he allowed the fourth-fewest baserunners per nine innings (11.09).

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