While Gavin Floyd figures out how to pitch like a No. 2 prospect again, and Cole Hamels gets his feet wet in Double-A, keep your eye on left-hander Allen Davis, recently promoted from Reading to Scranton.
I’ve had my eye on the 29-year-old ever since the Phils plucked him from the independent leagues. Readers of this space know I'm a big, big fan of scouring the indie leagues for talent, and Davis looks like another success story. He was out of baseball in 2003, but pitched great for Ft. Worth of the indie leagues in 2004 (10-7, 3.38 ERA, 126 SO, 29 BB).
Davis earned his first win for Scranton last Friday, going seven innings, allowing one earned run and only one walk.
For Reading, he was 8-4 with a 3.43 ERA to go with 56 strikeouts and only 14 walks.
Smacks of diamond in the rough to me, the kind of pitcher that would give the Braves 10 patch-up wins. What a novel concept for the Phils. The question is, are the Phils savvy enough to ignore his age and mediocre history? Could replacing Randy Wolf be that simple?