Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, August 31, 2014 08:00 AM Comments: 2
Sliding into a key role at the back end of the Class A Lakewood bullpen late in the season, Phillies 19th round draft pick Joe DeNato has notched his first two pro saves in recent days.
Through 22 pro games combined at short-season A level Williamsport and with Lakewood, the Indiana product has tallied a 3-1 record with a 1.78 ERA and a 9.68 K/9 mark.
I spoke with Joe this weekend about his first minor league save, being drafted by the Phillies and more.
-DeNato commented on his initial professional save against Hickory in a 3-0 win in Lakewood on Thursday…
We had the shutout going, so I just really wanted that pitchers’ BP, but I mean, I just went out there, knowing that I needed to throw strikes. I kind of struggled with that with the first batter. Luckily, I didn’t walk him. He ended up getting on base though, but overall I just wanted to get the job done.
-I asked DeNato if the Phillies were on his radar among teams interested in drafting him after posted a 13-1 record with a 1.82 ERA as a starter in college this year…
The Phillies weren’t a surprise. There were about four teams that were contacting me leading up to the draft and the Phillies were one of them. I mean, I was happy to be drafted by them. I’m from San Diego, so honestly I never followed the Phillies that much, but obviously they’re my number one team now. Yeah, it’s been a good experience.
-DeNato commented on if the transition to the pro ranks was what he expected…
I mean, I didn’t really know what to expect. I just tried to go with the flow, you know, just try to do what I can do and do what I’m told. You know, it has worked out so far. I’m just going to keep trying to succeed. Continue reading BlueClaws Quotables: DeNato on first pro save, Viza on loss record