Here’s a quick primer on right-handed pitcher Vance Worley: The third-round pick of the Phillies in last year’s draft, the 21-year-old Californian carries excellent control and a few average or above-average breaking pitches.
That in mind, Worley is currently 3-0 with a 2.11 ERA in six starts for the Reading Phillies. He has struck out 34 against walking just nine. This after spending his 2008 campaign with Williamsport (two games) and Lakewood (11 games).
Worley’s best start was yesterday against the Altoona Curve. In eight innings he allowed one run (an eighth-inning home run) on three hits while striking out six. A reader report at Phuture Phillies relayed that Worley is throwing a cutter, slider and turtle-slow curve, mixing in a fastball that he’ll throw high with two strikes (a la Joe Blanton). Does a pitcher with prominent breaking stuff translate to major league success? It’s rare, but considering Worley’s numbers so far, there’s hope yet.