Two former elite left handers are looking to come back in the not so distant futures and reestablish themselves. Who are these once top prospects you ask, well they would be Cole Hamels and Greg Miller.
Hamels is now fully healed and ready to get back to playing baseball. He has already been throwing and recently threw a side session of 45 pitches, Cole said he felt good and had no problems at all. The Phillies are looking to get him to where he will be able to go 3 innings, after that he should join their High A team. Hamel's time table as to when that will happen seems to be about 2 weeks or about early June.
The Phillies High A team is in Clearwater, right next to Tampa, so I will defiantly get some chances to go out and see him this year. He has been one of my fav. prospects and IMO was a better prospect then Kazmir before the injuries. It seems he has been gone for quite a bit, but he is still only 21 and has plenty of time to prove himself again.
Alright so what about Greg Miller, eh? It seems somewhat odd that he has been out for over a year and yet he never had any structural damage or anything that was real serious. None the less he is back pitching after the long lay off and can you believe he is only 20 still?
Well a few days ago Miller threw 20 pitches against live batters. He threw mainly fastballs with a few curves and change ups (not to mention a slider). At the end Greg wanted to know what he was hitting on the gun, "86-88?" he said. The player that was holding the gun looked at him and said "Are you kidding?", it turns out he was easily hitting 90-91 with most fastballs and even going as high as 93-94. Not bad for a first time Miller said, who also wasn't satisfied with his velocity and needs to build his arm strength back up.
The next step was for him is to throw again in a few days (he hoped it would be today) in which he will throw more pitches. What is he doing after that? Right now I haven't read anything that says what he will be up to after that, but when he gets back to pitching in games he should start at High A just like Cole. Also like Hamels, their High A team is in Vero which is pretty close ... letting me most likely catch him sometime this year.
Anyways, there has been very little info on these pitchers lately so I thought I'd get some people caught up who might be interested in these two lefties.