Hamels Gem

June 3, 2007

Today’s Lineup
Rollins, ss; Victorino, rf; Utley, 2b; Howard, 1b; Burrell, lf; Dobbs, 3b; Rowand, cf; Ruiz, c; Garcia, p.

Today’s Game
Game is on with potential weather factors later in the afternoon.  Ashburn Alley gates open at 11:05 p.m.; other gates, 11:35 a.m.  Neither team is taking batting practice as the tarp is on the field.

Looking Back
Cole Hamels turned in a complete game gem last night.  In his lat 11 starts at Citizens Bank Park, he’s 8-1. 

Five years ago, the Phillies selected Cole as their number one pick.  He was the 17th overall selection. Thought it would be interesting to look back at the press release: 

Pitching for Rancho Bernardo High School, the 18-year-old Hamels finished with a 10-0 record and 0.39 ERA.  He struck out 130 in 71.1 innings.

Hamels, 6-foot-3, 175 pounds, was ranked as the seventh best pitcher in BASEBALL AMERICA’s top 100 prospects.  In the Southern California region, BA ranked Hamels second to high school shortstop Scott Myers.

Phillies southern California area scout Darrell Conner followed Hamels’ career.  He was one of seven Phillies scouts who saw every start Hamels made this year.

“Solid average-to-plus across the board with command of all three pitches.  See him as a top-flight starter.  Has impact-type stuff.  Will move quickly through the system,” said Conner on one of his reports. 
Scouting Director Marti Wolever saw Hamels pitch three times this spring.  “He may have the best feel and mound presence of any high school pitcher.  He’s an outstanding competitor with plus stuff.  Has a chance to be a quality starter at the Major League level.”

This Year’s Draft
The annual draft will start at 2 p.m. on Thursday.  The first round and supplemental selections will be televised live for the first time on ESPN2 from Orlando. 

Representing the Phillies will be Robin Roberts, Dallas Green, Lee McDaniel and yours truly.  Scouting director Marti Wolever and his staff will be in the Draft Room on the Hall of Fame Club level at Citizens Bank Park.  Five rounds are expected to be completed on Thursday with the remaining rounds to take place on Friday.

The Phillies have the 19th, 37th, 84th, 108th, 114th, 144th and 174th selections in the first five rounds.  The 37th and 108th selections are the result of compensation for Cleveland’s signing of free agent outfielder David Dellucci.

The entire draft will be live on MLB.com.

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