Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Phillies Readying to Make Room for Cole Hamels

The Phillies have always had a high regard for pitcher Ryan Madsen, whom they promoted from the bullpen to starter this season, and former prospect Gavin Floyd, who has been awarded the No. 5 spot in the rotation. But even though Madsen and Floyd are struggling so far, manager Charlie Manuel wouldn't demote them, would he? Certainly not for a 22-year-old prospect at AAA Scranton Wilkes Barre named Cole Hamels. Still, Cole Hamel's most recent performance, a 114-pitch, two-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts, has won the young fireballer some attention. Cole Hamels. Cole Hamels. Cole Hamels. Yeah, the name has a kind of a ring to it, doesn't it?