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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
  18 Kyle Drabek RHP 1987

Doug Drabek’s son, throws heat, off-field liability 

  37 Adrian Cardenas SS 1987

Likely will be converted to 2B, power hitter

  65 Andrew Carpenter RHP 1985

Fastball, slider, and splitter 

  97 Jason Donald SS 1984

Great defensive ability, not as good at the plate.  Represented by Scott Boras

127 D’Arby Myers CF 1988

Likely going to USC

157 Quintin Berry CF 1984

Speed is his strong point, contact hitter 

187 Daniel Brauer LHP 1983

Strikeout pitcher, pitched a no-hitter this year, Big 10 Pitcher of the Year

217 Theodore Yarbrough 1B 1984

2006 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year

247 Terrance Warren OF 1988

Youngest player selected by Phils

277 Andrew Cruse RHP 1984

Decent long reliever, SEC player of the week honors

307 Samuel Walls RHP 1983

Closer with 94-mph fastball, elbow injuries in past

337 Jarrod Freeman RHP 1987

Likely to go to Utah

367 Darin McDonald OF 1987

Likely to play football at Idaho St.

397 Zachary Penprase SS 1985

Got speed, lots of triples and SBs in college

427 Gus Milner CF 1984

Went back to Kansas after being drafted last year, picked 33 rounds higher this year.

457 Riley Cooper CF 1987

Will probably play football for Florida

487 Cody Montgomery 3B 1983

NCAA Player of the week, Bible Study leader for his team.

517 Jay Miller OF 1983

Cotact hitter, Pac-10 Player of the Week

547 Michael Dubee RHP 1986

Son of Phils’ Pitching Coach, Rich Dubee

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