Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, August 29, 2015 01:11 PM Comments: 0
LAKEWOOD, NJ- Left-handed reliever Joey DeNato has had an exceptional season to date with the Lakewood BlueClaws, but couldn’t seem to earn a promotion despite dominating Class A competition. Until now.
DeNato, a 19th round draft selection by the Phillies last year out of Indiana University, will jump three levels, as he joins the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Saturday.
Honored as a South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star, DeNato sports a 2-3 record with 10 saves and a 1.24 ERA through 43 appearances this season.
The move may be overdue, but DeNato has kept a solid frame of mind, fending off discouragement in favor of determination.
“There is some frustration because I think this is the best I’ve ever pitched. Then again, I don’t let the frustration get to me,” DeNato stated with a look of empowerment during the BlueClaws’ homestand this week. “If anything, I can kind of use it as a chip on my shoulder and that’s what I’ve kind of been trying to do. Not trying to let up, not trying to let frustration get to me or anything like that.”
The 23-year-old sports a 1.49 overall ERA and a 9.02 K/9 mark in 66 pro appearances since signing with the Phillies last summer. Continue reading LHP DeNato promoted from Lakewood to Lehigh Valley