Friday, July 20, 2007

Phils Drop a Tough One, but Sign Pick

Phils dropped one to the Padres last night 1 - 0. Cole Hamels was the hard luck loser in this one, going 7 strong innings and giving up 1 run on 2 hits. He was outdueled by Padres righty Chris Young, who also went 7 innings and gave up only two hits, striking out 6. Offensively, Utley had 2 of the Phillies' 4 hits and Ryan Howard walked 3 times. Adam Eaton pitches for the Phils tonite against ex-Phils farm hand Justin Germano.

Phils Sign Savery

The Phillies signed their first-round pick the amateur draft, lefty Joe Savery. As a college player, Savery should have a shorter route to the Majors (theoretically) than a player drafted out of high school. Because of that, don't be surprised to see Savery, projected as a starter, pitching next year as a September call-up.

Speaking of up and coming pitchers, Bill Conlin had a nice article today, going over the current ownership group's failure to consistently produce good pitchers from within. One guy who has won 10 games whom Conlin does not mention in his article as having been drafted, signed, and developed by the Phillies is tonite's starter, Adam Eaton.

Eaton was traded away by the Phillies in the Andy Ashby deal in 1999 (The Phils got Ashby for Adam Eaton, Carlton Loewer, and Steve Montgomery). He went on to win 11 games twice for San Diego and will almost certainly win 10 games this year for the Phils (he has 8 wins to date).

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