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Phillies sign former first-round pick Kolby Allard

The Phillies added another arm to the contingent of bullpen contenders Tuesday, signing left-hander Kolby Allard.

Allard has appeared in 69 games (38 starts) with a 9-24 record and 6.10 ERA in a big league career that began in 2018 with Atlanta and included four seasons with Texas before returning to the Braves last year.

Allard made four big-league appearances (three starts) covering 12.1 innings in 2023. He allowed 16 hits, nine earned runs and struck out 13. He threw just 19 total innings – he had a 2.70 ERA in 6.2 innings at Triple-A – thanks to injury. The Braves placed him on the 60-day injured list on July 18 with nerve inflammation in his shoulder.

His longest season in the big leagues was 2021, when he went 3-12 with a 5.41 ERA over 32 games (17 starts) and 124.2 innings for a Rangers team that lost 102 games.

Allard hasn’t lived up to the hype accorded the 14th overall pick in the 2015 draft. He was traded in 2019 to Texas for Chris Martin, then swapped back to Atlanta after the 2022 season for Jake Odorizzi.

The 26-year-old provides insurance for the starting rotation, where the Phillies have five set starters entering spring but little depth behind, and a long option out of the bullpen. With Jose Alvarado, Gregory Soto and Matt Strahm, the Phillies are well stocked with high-leverage lefties. Allard does have a minor league option remaining.

Source: Berkshire mont

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