It’s day # 7 of my daily blogs, keeping you up-to-date with all R-Phils news from spring training — ENJOY!
Kyle Drabek (2009) – Drabek, who was ranked as the number two prospect in the Philadelphia organization by Baseball America before being dealt in the Roy Halladay trade, started for the Toronto Blue Jays today and was sharp. The former R-Phils phenom tossed two shutout innings, allowed one run and one walk against his former ‘mates. Drabek will most likely begin the year in the Minors, but is not too far away from getting a shot at the Major League level.
Greg Golson (2007-’08) – Golson, who was acquired by the Yankees this offseason, is making a case to start the season in the Bronx. A native of Austin, Texas, Golson, 24, went 1-2 with a 2 run-homer (1) in replace of Yankees starting CF Curtis Granderson. While Golson finds himself in a crowded Yankees outfield, a good showing this spring will help his case in 2010.
Cole Hamels (2005) – Hamels started today for the Phils in their game against the Jays and was solid over 3.2 IP. The 2008 World Series MVP retired the first 9 batters he faced, before allowing a solo homer to the Jays’ Jose Bautista in the fourth. In all, Hamels allowed just one run on one hit and two walks and fanned three batters.
Others of Note –
Pat Burrell (1999 & rehab in 2004) – Burrell continued his spring struggles as he went 0-3 and he’s batting just .077 so far this spring.
Michael Taylor (2009) – Taylor started for the A’s and went 0-3 with a K – he’s hitting .154
Keep an eye on –
J.C. Ramirez – Ramirez, 21, was ranked as the 18th prospect in the Seattle system by Baseball America, before coming over to the Phillies this offseason as part of the Cliff Lee trade. Ramirez, who is now on the Philadelphia 40-man roster, tossed three impressive innings today for the Phils, earning his first save of the spring. A native of Nicaragua, Ramirez, could very well end up in Baseballtown at some point in 2010. Today against the Jays, the young righty fanned three and allowed just two hits over three shutout frames.
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Fabio Castro (2007-’08) — Castro tossed a shutout inning for the Boston Red Sox earlier today in their game against the Florida Marlins. The 25-year-old has appeared in 30 games in the Majors and has compiled an 0-1 mark with a 3.30 ERA.
Matt Maloney (2007) – Maloney struggled for the Reds as they took on the D’Backs earlier today. Maloney, who was traded by the Phillies for Kyle Lohse in 2007, allowed four runs on four hits over just 0.2 IP today out of the pen. A product of the University of Mississippi, Maloney made his Major League debut last season for the Reds.
Brett Myers (2001, 2007, & Rehab in 2009) – Myers who spent his entire career in the Philadelphia organization, signed a free-agent contract with Houston this offseason and looks to rebound from a 2009 season which saw the righty appear in just 18 games. Earlier today, Myers, 29, started for the ‘Stros against the N.Y. Mets and allowed two runs on four hits over three IP to earn his first win of the spring season. If Myers is healthy in 2010, he should help solidify a pitching staff for the Houston Astros, which includes one of the best pitchers in the game — Roy Oswalt.
Michael Taylor (2009) – Taylor, the 2009 Eastern League Rookie of the Year, started for the A’s earlier today and went 1-3 with an RBI. Dealt in the Roy Halladay deal — twice, Taylor is battling for a spot in the crowded Oakland outfield in 2010. While a start to the 2010 season in the Majors is certainly not out of the question, Taylor may end up April in Triple-A. A fan favorite, who is going to be a great Major Leaguer someday, keep in mind that Taylor is still just 24-years-old.
Others of Note –
Marlon Byrd (2001 & Rehab in 2003) – Byrd started in CF and went 1-3 for his new squad — the Chicago Cubs.
Greg Golson (2007-’08) – Golson, who is looking to catch on with the Yankees, walked and was caught stealing earlier today against the Pirates.
Jason Jaramillo (2006) – Jaramillo went 1-3 as the starting catcher for the Pirates today.
Jason Michaels (2000) – Michaels started today and went 1-3 with 2 RBIs for the ‘Stros.