Arbuckle recalls first take on rotation
Phillies assistant GM awarded Myers, Hamels high marks
PHILADELPHIA -- One pitcher barely beeped on a scout's radar because of a below-average fastball. While his above-average pitching acumen remained in its nascent stages, it wasn't enough to merit more than a passing mention.The second hurler jumped out from a "stuff" standpoint, with a well-moving fastball and hard-breaking curve. Though raw, this Southern kid possessed the temperament and confidence that could translate into big league success.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.