The Phillies and their dearth of homegrown pitching

 In MLB, NL East, Sports

I’ve been following some of the early stories of this baseball season, one of which is Milwaukee pitcher Corbin Burnes. The 26-year-old became the first hurler in well over a century with nine-plus strikeouts and no walks in four games.

He didn’t quite come out of nowhere, having pitched well in 2020, but Burnes’ dominance is the talk of MLB circles.

So where did the Brewers acquire a guy that good? At the top of the draft, after he spent years striking out big-time college players?

Nope, he was taken in the fourth round following a career at Saint Mary’s College of California, that baseball hotbed. Kudos to the Milwaukee scouts. The Brewers have also assembled a rotation around Burnes with other homegrown talent, including Brandon Woodruff and Freddy Peralta.

For a small market team, that’s the way to go. You’re not going to be able to outbid clubs for free agents, so you have to develop players yourself or trade for them.

That’s one of my biggest pet peeves with the Phils. In my lifetime as a fan, I can barely count on one hand the good pitchers the club has produced. This century? Cole Hamels, and maybe J.A. Happ.

The Dodgers develop an ace every two years, not every two decades.

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  • Todd Trout
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    Don’t forget Ferguson Jenkins, who spent 1962-1964 in the Phillies minor leagues after they drafted him. They traded him to Chicago for two pitchers age 35 and 37, in what I would call the worst trade in Phillies history!

    • PaulaWolf
      Reply

      That was a few years before my time, but when he first heard that Jenkins had been a Phillie, I couldn’t believe it. Imagine him in a rotation with Steve Carlton.

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