Two more small signings

The Phillies have signed LHP Jake Ociesa and RHP Mike McTamney, and based on this article, could sign a few more players before the end of the camp. Ociesa is 6’5 and appears to feature a low 90’s fastball, McTamney is a 6’1 righty, but I know nothing of his stuff.

Ociesa pitched one season (2003) at Mississippi State before transferring to Murray State for his final 3 seasons. He struggled in both 2004 and 2005, and pitched only 1 inning in 2006. The Phillies must have seen something in him, or think they can fix him, but he costs next to nothing on a minor league deal, so why not? As a lefty, if he’s throwing in the low to mid 90’s with a mid 80’s breaking ball, he clearly has SOME talent, maybe they can get something out of him.

McTamney, 24,  spent three years at Wagner College, struggling in 2003 and 2004, before putting up a 3.74 ERA in 74.2 IP in 2005. He had decent control/K numbers, but allowed a ton of hits. He showed some promise in the Golden League in 2005 and 2006, but I have no idea how to translate statistics like that.

4 thoughts on “Two more small signings

  1. I’ve seen reports that the Phils are considering signing lefty Bobby Madritsch — who was once a promising starter for the Mariners before needing labrum surgery. Apparently his comeback hasn’t gone well, but he’s a local product.

  2. STATEN ISLAND, NY – Former Wagner College pitcher Mike McTamney (Toms River, NJ / Toms River North) was named by Baseball America to the 2006 Independent Leagues Top Prospects List.

    One of eight players, including just four pitchers, to make the list McTamney, a 2005 Wagner grad, was recognized by nation’s premier baseball publication as having the best fastball in the Golden Baseball League, touching 94 mph. Pitching for the Reno Silver Sox after a mid-season trade from the Fullerton Flyers the right handed fireballer saw action in 18 games going 2-0 with 17 strikeouts against just four walks and a miniscule 1.47 ERA in 30.2 innings of work. In addition, he held hitters to a paltry .196 batting average and picked up a save in game two of the GBL Championship over the Flyers.

    “In a year where we have seen seven Reno Silver Sox players signed by major league organizations, I predict that Mike will be the next one to go,” said Silver Sox manager and former major league pitcher Les Lancaster. “I’d be shocked if he wasn’t acquired and in spring training in a big league system for the 2007 season. He deserves the recognition and has a great baseball future ahead of him.”

    As a rookie in 2005 he went 2-4 with a 2.63 ERA while striking out 51 and walking only 19 in 62.0 innings for Fullerton.

  3. 2/26/2007

    Reno’s McTamney to Philadelphia
    Silver Sox Pitcher and Baseball America Top Indy Prospect Sign With Phillies

    (Pleasanton, CA. February 26, 2007) The Golden Baseball League is pleased to announce that right handed pitcher Mike McTamney, who played for the Fullerton Flyers and the Reno Silver Sox in 2006 has been acquired by the Philadelphia Phillies.

    McTamney, 24, has spent his entire professional career in the Golden Baseball League as he was signed as a rookie out of Wagner College in New York by the Fullerton Flyers in 2005. Armed with a 94 MPH fastball and a knuckleball, the righty was used mostly in relief the first year as he started 6 games in 20 appearances and finished with a 2-4 record and a sparkling 2.33 ERA. In 2006, after a slow start, he was traded to the Reno Silver Sox where he was key to their march to the GBL Championship. In 18 appearances in relief he was 2-0 with one save while striking out 17 and walking only four batters and limiting opponents to a paltry .196 batting average against him while posting a miniscule ERA of 1.47. At the end of the season, he was named as one of Baseball America’s Top Indy Prospects. He was then offered a job in the Colombia Winter League through the GBL’s partnership with Global Scouting Bureau where he continued to impress as a relief pitcher for the Cardenales de Monteria who went on to win the league championship. His accomplishments caught the attention of the Philadelphia Phillies who invited him to a tryout attended by 74 players on this past Saturday. He was the first pitcher to throw and after hitting 93 MPH on the radar gun, the Phillies immediately offered him a contract and sent him across the street to their spring training complex to begin his career in a major league organization.

    “Mike McTamney is a perfect example of independent leagues’ value to players and major league organizations” said Kevin Outcalt, GBL Commissioner. “This was an overlooked player from a small college who had an opportunity to showcase his abilities and made the most out of every opportunity offered to him. We’re proud of our coaching staffs in Fullerton and Reno for their ability to help Mike develop to this level and are impressed with Philadelphia’s ability to recognize talent that doesn’t already have a minor league or top collegiate pedigree.”

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