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.