May 17, 2015 |
Pennsauken senior catcher Heriberto Vega doesn't hesitate when asked how often he thinks about the coming Major League Baseball first-year player draft. "I think about it every day," he said. "It is something I always dreamed about. " The draft is June 8-10 and there are countless players who have the same dream as Vega. Many of the drafted players will face difficult odds. Even first-round picks aren't assured of success. So while it's good to have a dream, making the jump from high school or even college to professional baseball remains a daunting task.
July 21, 2014 |
The same thoughts race through Aaron Brown's mind each time he steps up to the plate for the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters: What would I throw here if I were the pitcher? What does the situation call for? Brown, The Inquirer's 20th-ranked Phillies prospect, can run through the scenarios because it wasn't long ago that he was a pitcher himself, and a dominant one at that. Before the Phillies selected Brown in the third round with the 81st pick of the MLB draft last month as an outfielder, he starred as a pitcher and outfielder at Pepperdine for three seasons.
July 3, 2014 |
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Matt Hockenberry decided to take a nap after a Saturday day game while playing in the Gulf Coast League. He was feeling the effects of the Florida summer heat, and wanted to get a little shut-eye. His phone rang while he was sleeping, but he did not hear it. He did manage to wake up when roommate Brandon Leibrandt's phone rang, and Phillies minor league pitching coordinator Carlos Arroyo was on the other end of the line. He had this message for the 22-year-old Hockenberry: "Sleep at night, buddy.
June 16, 2014 |
READING - A former top-five draft pick was playing winter ball in Venezuela when he started to sense he would have difficulty landing a job this spring. So Adam Loewen reverted to an old custom. He began to long toss. More than 5 years had elapsed since Loewen, once a ballyhooed Orioles' pitching prospect, last toed the rubber. Arm injuries had sent the touted 6-6 southpaw into a second career as a hitter. But nearing 30 and after 3 years of stints manning the outfield in Buffalo, Port St. Lucie and New Hampshire, he opted to again gauge the status of his once-prized left arm. "I felt like I left a lot out there, a lot of potential that was untapped, really," he said.
June 7, 2014 |
SECAUCUS, N.J. - It was ironic that Kansas City's Willie Wilson, whose swing-and-miss cemented the Phillies' first World Series triumph, represented the Royals on Thursday night at the 2014 MLB draft. After all, if there was one thing the talent-thin Phils wanted to avoid with this draft's No. 7 overall pick, it was a strikeout. With that in mind, the Phillies opted for the age and experience over the promise of raw talent, selecting a college righthander, Louisiana State's Aaron Nola, in a pitching-heavy opening round.
June 8, 2013 |
In the days leading up to this week's Major League Baseball first-year player draft, Malvern Prep graduate Leon Stimpson has noticed many of his summer-league teammates and predraft workout comrades endlessly staring at their cellphones. They're waiting for a phone call, a text message, an e-mail - any clue from a major-league club or scout - about where their immediate future lies. So it goes for hundreds of prospects across the country, especially for those such as Stimpson - a product of Division III Alvernia College - who aren't wasting time pondering how to spend the multimillion-dollar signing bonuses they likely won't receive.
June 7, 2013 |
MAJOR LEAGUE Baseball's lawyers issued subpoenas to Federal Express, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile USA in an attempt to gain records for its investigation of players suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs. The subpoenas were issued May 23, according to a civil case file in Florida's Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County, where MLB sued Biogenesis of America, anti-aging clinic head Anthony Bosch and five others in March. Meanwhile, Commissioner Bud Selig said MLB's "very comprehensive" probe proves that baseball has the toughest drug policy in professional sports.
July 20, 2012
By Daniel Carp Daily News Staff Writer Two summer ago, Jesse Biddle became somewhat of a poster child for the American dream. Now, what was once a great story off the field is becoming an even better story on it. When the 18-year-old from Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia was selected by his hometown Phillies in the first round of the 2010 MLB draft, anyone who had ever put on a baseball glove was envious. Not only was the lefthanded pitcher a first-round draft selection straight out of high school, but the team he had grown up idolizing was the one that pulled the trigger.
June 7, 2012 |
Day Two of Major League Baseball's amateur draft turned out to be a memorable one for a local high school standout and a number of college players with area ties. Garnet Valley High shortstop Joe DeCarlo was tabbed with the fourth selection of Tuesday's second round, going to the Seattle Mariners with the 64th overall pick. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound DeCarlo, projected to be a third baseman at the next level, batted about .460 for the Jaguars. A four-year starter, he is a powerful hitter with an above-average arm. "It's been a lifelong dream to play professional baseball," DeCarlo, who has a scholarship offer from the University of Georgia, said on Sunday.
June 5, 2012 |
He is a righthanded hitter with ample power. As a left-side infielder, he shows natural instincts and an above-average arm. And, with two brothers who excelled on the diamond before him, he has a solid baseball pedigree. With his abilities and background, Joe DeCarlo, who starred at Garnet Valley High, attracted serious interest this spring from major-league scouts and cross-checkers. From what he showed them and his potential for future success, DeCarlo, projected to be a third baseman at the next level, could go in the early rounds - possibly in the second - of the amateur draft, which begins Monday night and continues through Wednesday.