The Philadelphia Phillies have promoted one of their top pitching prospects to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, bringing him one step closer to the majors.

The team has elevated 24-year-old Griff McGarry from Double-A Reading to Triple-A.

McGarry was just named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Month for July, going went 1-1 with a 2.01 ERA in 22.1 innings of work.

I was in attendance during McGarry's best outing of the season, July 14 in Altoona, going a season-high seven innings, with ten strikeouts, giving up no runs and just three hits against the Curve.

The former fifth-round pick reached Triple-A last season but pitched exclusively out of the bullpen.

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This season in 12 starts he is 1-1, with a 3.02 ERA, 1.204 WHIP, giving up 30 hits over 50.2 IP with 68 strikeouts on the season.

He is ranked as the No. 4 overall prospect in the Phillies minor league system behind pitchers Andrew Painter and Mick Abel and Sinle-A outfielder Justin Crawford. With this promotion, There is a chance we see McGarry get a September call-up if the Phillies are in need of some pitching help.

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