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June 13, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Inter-Ac/Independents team that will compete in the 25th annual Carpenter Cup tournament still has a formidable roster, but no squad was affected more by Major League Baseball's draft. The team had three players selected in the draft who will not be competing in the tournament that begins Monday at Ashburn Field at FDR Park, down the road from Citizens Bank Park, where the semifinals and finals will be staged. A player who is drafted is eligible for the high school all-star tournament if he does not sign with a professional team.
SPORTS
June 5, 2012 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
June 7, 2010 | By JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO, For the Daily News
Jesse Biddle has dreamed about this day, waited for ever since he first picked up a baseball. The irony is the potential first-round major league draft pick is going to do everything in his power to forget this day has finally arrived. So the 6-5, 235-pound Germantown Friends lefthanded pitcher will swim with his cousins, hang out with his girlfriend, and eventually sit on the edge of a couch with his family in Havertown, eagerly awaiting a phone call as the first round takes place in the 3-day Major League Baseball amateur draft.
SPORTS
June 7, 2012 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 17, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
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.
SPORTS
June 8, 2013 | By Mike Still, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
June 7, 2011 | By ED BARKOWITZ, barkowe@phillynews.com
Larry Greene was backstage during last night's draft in Secaucus, N.J., when Mickey Morandini announced the Phillies had picked him. His father was right next to him. His mother was there in spirit. It's been an emotional 6 months for Greene, an athletic outfielder from Berrien High School in Nashville, Ga., whom the Phillies grabbed with the 39th overall pick last night. Denise Greene, Larry's mother, suffered from diabetes and died the day after Christmas. "She was a bad diabetic.
SPORTS
November 28, 2010 | INQUIRER STAFF
Former pitcher Tom Underwood, who played for the Phillies from 1974 to 1977, died Monday in West Palm Beach, Fla., after a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to the Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune. He was 56. Drafted by the Phillies in the second round of the 1972 MLB draft, Mr. Underwood made his debut in August 1974. He pitched for the Phils until he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in June 1977. Mr. Underwood, a lefthander, appeared in 89 games and made 60 starts for the Phillies, going 28-20 with a 4.02 ERA. He also played for the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, and Baltimore Orioles during his 11-year career.
SPORTS
July 18, 2008 | By Kate Fagan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia's history with so-called "super agents" has been at best tumultuous. Baseball agent Scott Boras and client J.D. Drew spurned the Phillies in 1997, refusing to sign after the Phils made Drew the second overall pick in that year's MLB draft. Football agent Drew Rosenhaus and client Terrell Owens alienated the Eagles in 2005. As Eagles fans may remember, Rosenhaus stood with Owens for a news conference on the wide receiver's front lawn. Owens never again played with the Eagles.
SPORTS
June 8, 2008 | By Kate Fagan, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's kind of cute After a recent loss, Seattle general manager Bill Bavasi ordered that no postgame food or towels be put out, thus forcing his last-place Mariners to actually stand by their lockers for media interviews. After Seattle defeated the Red Sox, 8-0, on Friday night, M's centerfielder Ichiro Suzuki said (through an interpreter) that revoking those privileges was "kind of cute, actually. It's something a parent would do to a young kid and that's basically my emotion.
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May 17, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
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.
SPORTS
July 21, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
July 3, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
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.
SPORTS
June 16, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
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.
SPORTS
June 7, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
June 8, 2013 | By Mike Still, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
June 7, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
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.
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.
SPORTS
June 7, 2012 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
June 5, 2012 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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