Saturday, June 25, 2011

Josh Spence

Josh is the second player to reach the majors from the 2010 draft, and the first Padre. The Australian southpaw made his MLB debut last night striking out MLB star Jason Heyward (above). Josh pitched at ASU for 2 years. In his first year  he broke out going 10-1 with a 2.27 ERA as a starter, he was then drafted by the Angels in the 4th round in 2009. He declined to sign. The next year he missed the whole year due to elbow problems, but the Padres saw something, we drafted him in the ninth round and signed him for 100k. I really liked him and Jedd Gyorko coming out of the draft and now look at them. He raced through our system posting a 3.00 ERA in 10 games (5 starts) throughout Eugene, Lake Elsinore, and Fort Wayne. This year he posted a 1.71 ERA with a minor league career 10.6 k/9 ratio. He was called up after Cory Luebke was moved to the starting rotation. He could return to starting but he looks to have an Arthur Rhodes/Darren Oliver ceiling.

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