Monday, September 06, 2010

Getting To Know - Vance Worley

Vance Worley is making his first major league start today against the Fish. Let's take a look at how the 22 year old made it the Bigs.

High School - Worley graduated from McCatchey High School in Sacramento, Ca. He was a three-time first team All-Metro League selection and a two-time All-City pick and finished his high school pitching career with a 15-7 record.

College - After high school, Worley escaped the cows and mountains of NoCall and enrolled at Long Beach State, the Los Angeles school that produced major-leaguers Jason Giambi, Harold Reynolds, Steve Trachsel and Evan Longoria. While there, he looked like this (see pic to the right). His college career was less than spectacular (12-13, ERA around 4) but he had a solid Cape Cod campaign. The Phillies took him in the 20th round and he left The Beach after his junior season.

Minors - Worley had a great start to his professional career posting a 2.68 ERA in eleven starts in the Sally League with Lakewood. His next season was a little disappointing as his ERA soared to 5.34 in 27 starts with Reading. During that season, Carson took this picture of him, looking rather goofy and blurry. Worley bounced back in 2010, though. Between the R-Phils and the FeHams Worley's he has gone 10-7 with a tidy 3.36 ERA.

Majors - On July 24th, Worley pitched a perfect 9th inning during a blowout of the Rockies.

13 comments:

GM-Carson said...

In the thick of a playoff race you have two teams sending guys to the mound today making their first MLB starts. Adalberto Mendez goe for the Marlins in his MLB debut.

Preserve Jon said...

Yes, but his name is Vance Worley. A solid writer on a certain 4-letter website offers this tenet, "Don't discount the importance of a great name." He applies it to Quarterbacks, but I feel the same holds true with pitchers.

Vance Worley sounds like a character in a Beetle Bailey cartoon.

Matty said...

I was at the game yesterday. Prior to the first pitch, I told the guy sitting next to me that the score would be 3-0 when the Phils came to bat in the bottom of the first.

When the Phils came to bat in the bottom of the first, the score was 3-0.

Some things are just obvious. Just not to Manuel and Dubee.

SirAlden said...

How does a Tie Work in the WSBGM's Playoffs. Tie goes to best regular season record?

SirAlden said...

7 Month Halladay - Joba's Rum -- 5-5

GM-Carson said...

Sir Alden- I have no idea how the tie works. I think the team with the best overall record advances.

Worley with a decent start- 5 ip, 2 r, 5 k. Shame the Phils bats can't hit some no-name minor leaguer that was even good in the minors. This season will go down as one of great disappoint in regards to offensive output. Pitiful.

ACSmitty79 said...

Well unless something happens in the 8th and 9th, looks like the phils will certainly be pressing tonight to snap the 2 game skid. Usually done's bode well for us. Least the Fish are not starting a rook tonight.

GM-Carson said...

Phils have already been 1-hit 3 times this season. WTF?!

This team, aside from some great pitching performances this season, has lost much entertainment value.

Andrew said...

wow. pretty sad showing. although, can't say I'm not surprised and didn't see it coming.... god I hate minor league B-rated pitchers. They're so damn good.

ripjgarcia said...

Go Pirates.

SirAlden said...

No Idea? Holy Batman. Your the Commish!

Preserve Jon said...

Volstad 1-2 vs. Phils since 2008 with an ERA over 5.

Blanton is 2-2 vs. the Fish since 2008 with an ERA under 3. He has not faced them yet this year, according to Baseball Reference.

Sounds like a win for Chubby Eaton in my book!

GM-Carson said...

Werth is stupid, it's official. Dumbass on the base paths and constantly making unnecessary throws. His stat line may look pretty, but his game is not. Watching him over the past few years it's easy to see why people get so angry with him. His head just doesn't seem in the game.