Following on yesterday’s and today’s draft theme, Cole Hamels reminded us of the impact a quality draftee can make. Cole shook off any remnants of his shoulder discomfort and in 5 and 2/3 innings allowed three hits, one run and two walks, striking out two. He threw 90 pitches, 64 for strikes. The Arizona announcers were repeatedly amazed at Hamels’ control as they several times referred to how Sal Fasano hardly ever had to move his glove to catch a pitch. His first big league win propelled the Phillies to a 7-3 record in their last 10 games and they are now within 3.5 games of the division leading Mets. Ryan Madson takes to the hill this afternoon as the Fightins attempt to sweep Arizona before heading back the East Coast. Opposing him will be Dustin Nippert who has yet to see action this season.
With all the talk of youngsters, it’s best we take a look at the results from Day 1 of the MLB draft yesterday. Below is a recap of the Phillies’ selections.
|Pick||Player Name||Position||Year of Birth||Notes|
Likely will be converted to 2B, power hitter
Fastball, slider, and splitter
Great defensive ability, not as good at the plate. Represented by Scott Boras
Likely going to USC
Speed is his strong point, contact hitter
Strikeout pitcher, pitched a no-hitter this year, Big 10 Pitcher of the Year
Youngest player selected by Phils
Decent long reliever, SEC player of the week honors
Closer with 94-mph fastball, elbow injuries in past
Got speed, lots of triples and SBs in college
Went back to Kansas after being drafted last year, picked 33 rounds higher this year.
Will probably play football for Florida
NCAA Player of the week, Bible Study leader for his team.
Cotact hitter, Pac-10 Player of the Week
Son of Phils’ Pitching Coach, Rich Dubee