Cloyd slow to readjust to minor leagues

Posted: June 24, 2013

Lehigh Valley righthander Tyler Cloyd has noticeably struggled this season, except when he has pitched for the Phillies in two stints.

In a true reversal of statistics, Cloyd is 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA in six starts for the Phillies. That was improved over last year, when he was 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA for the Phillies.

Cloyd's solid performance in the major leagues hasn't translated to triple A.

He entered the weekend 1-5 with a 7.29 ERA for the IronPigs.

"I would like to see Tyler pitch a little better," IronPigs manager Dave Brundage said. "I watched him really represent himself well at the big-league level."

Cloyd is far from the only player who has struggled in the minors after having some big-league success.

Brundage, a triple-A manager the previous six seasons for the Atlanta Braves, understands there could be a letdown when a player is returned to the minors.

"The adrenaline is probably not flowing as much when a player is sent down, but it is a lesson for all players to learn," Brundage said. "I have seen many a career end right here in triple A, and I have seen many who learn the hard way that you can't just flip on the switch."

Phillies reliever Michael Stutes, who was 6-2 with a 3.63 ERA for the Phillies in 2011 before missing most of last season with a shoulder injury, said he was disappointed not to make the team this year out of spring training.

Stutes has since been recalled and entered the weekend having appeared in 14 games for the Phillies. He says it can be a downer to be sent to the minors.

"A week or so [after starting the season in triple A], I came to the realization that you still have a job to do and have to stop feeling sorry for myself," Stutes said. "Once I got that through my mind after a week or so, it wasn't so bad."

So the key is that players who have been to the big leagues must use it as a motivation to return.

"I usually give them 24 hours to trip over their lip," Brundage said. "After that, it's time to get back to work."

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