And just one more thing: Phillies
Lisa is back up today with the Phillies preview. Here’s her choice for their bonus player:
Mike Zagurski, LHP: So
Andrew Carpenter leads the Minors in wins with 17, going 17-6 with a 3.20 ERA
at Clearwater. Josh Outman strikes out 151 batters, leading Phillies pitching prospects by
nearly 30 whiffs. Carlos Carrasco continues to prevail as the system’s most
valued and coveted gem. So which of them was named Philadelphia’s 2007 Minor League Pitcher of
of them. That honor went to southpaw reliever Mike Zagurski. Sure he only
tossed 32 1/3 innings
at three levels of the Minors, but what he did in those
32 1/3 innings certainly opened some eyes: 15 hits, 12 walks and 62 strikeouts!
A non-drafted free agent who signed in 2005 out of Kansas, Zagurski spent ’06 at Class A
Lakewood, posting a 3.51 ERA in 42 games in relief and making the logical
progression to Advanced A Clearwater in ’07. There his 1.10 ERA and five saves
in 12 games earned him a bump to Double-A Reading where the ERA jumped just a
tad to 1.29.
it was at Reading that he got the call that he was heading to Philadelphia
in late May when Brett Myers went on the DL. Zagurski spent two months in the
Phillies bullpen, losing his rookie eligibility though overall in the bigs he
only tossed 21 1/3 innings with a 5.91 ERA in 25 games. He also saw some time
back at Triple-A Ottawa with a 2.00 ERA in seven games.