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Reno's Mike McTamney Acquired by Phillies

February 26, 2007 - Golden Baseball League (GBL) - Reno Silver Sox News Release

(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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