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BASEBALL: Meade County grad called up to Double-A (08/10)

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By Chuck Jones

 

By CHUCK JONES cjones@thenewsenterprise.com B.J. Rosenberg couldn’t have scripted a better start to his big league career since being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies last year. While the start was good, the next chapter might be even better. Rosenberg, a former Meade County standout, was called into Lakewood manager Dusty Wathan’s office Thursday after the pitchers had completed their workouts. By the look on Wathan’s face, Rosenberg could tell Wathan had good news for him. Rosenberg just didn’t know how good. “He had this grin on his face,” Rosenberg said. “He said, ‘You’ve been pitching pretty well here, so they’re going to bump you up.’ It caught me off guard.” Wathan then informed Rosenberg he was headed for the Reading Phillies, the organization’s Double-A team and the same squad Pedro Martinez is with right now. Rosenberg drove to Reading, Pa., on Thursday and traveled with his new team to take on the Binghamton Mets on Friday where Rosenberg tossed two scoreless innings. He struck out one and walked one. “It was a really cool atmosphere,” Rosenberg said. “I remember my dad telling me not to get nervous and I really didn’t get nervous, but I had some butterflies. Once I got out there, I settled down and it was good to just help the team.” Since being drafted by the Phillies, Rosenberg had a solid season for the Williamsport Crosscutters, a short season Class-A team. He was 3-1 with 10 saves and a 1.00 earned run average. Rosenberg was named a midseason All-Star. This season with Lakewood, a High Class-A team, Rosenberg has been even better. He was 7-2 with a 0.89 ERA before getting promoted. Rosenberg had recorded 19 saves in 37 appearances and earned a spot on the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division All-Star team in June. He also hasn’t allowed an earned run since May 31, a streak he continued with Reading on Friday night. “It’s been pretty exciting,” Rosenberg said. “I couldn’t ask for it to go any better than it has. I just want to stay consistent with my routine and finish out the season strong.” Rosenberg hadn’t been a closer prior to his senior season at the University of Louisville, but he said the move has been a blessing. “Coach (Roger) Williams saved my career or at least extended it,” Rosenberg said. “It’s helped my arm out tremendously, especially after surgery. I’ve really adapted to the role mentally. You have to go pitch to pitch. You don’t have much time. I can’t get rattled. You really have to have your best stuff every time out.” While it takes a different approach to be a closer than a starter, Rosenberg, who also got married during the offseason, said he wouldn’t want it any other way. “I like it when you come in with the game on the line,” Rosenberg said. “You either win it or lose it for your team. I like those pressure situations. I’ve come into a lot of tie games. That’s why I have seven wins. It would be 2-2 in the ninth, I’d pitch two innings and we’d win in the 10th. I just want to stay consistent.” Rosenberg, who will turn 24 in September, was hoping to get called up, but he didn’t worry about it too much. Now that it’s happened, Rosenberg’s in no hurry to leave Reading. “I try not to look ahead too much,” Rosenberg said. “I’m in Double-A and I just want to keep doing what I’ve been doing. But I couldn’t ask for the first year or so to go any better.” NATHAN ADCOCK. Since being traded to Pittsburgh, Adcock has earned two wins – one as a starter and one in relief – with the Lynchburg Hillcats, the Pirates’ High Class-A team. He has worked eight innings with his new squad, allowing 10 hits, one walk and two earned runs. Adcock has struck out six. For the season, Adcock, a former North Hardin star, is 7-7 with a 5.07 ERA. He has registered 77 strikeouts in 110 innings. JORDAN NEWTON. The former LaRue County standout is batting .274 with 19 doubles, two triples and seven homers. Newton, who plays catcher for the Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit’s High Class-A team), has scored 32 runs and driven in 27. He also has eight stolen bases. Chuck Jones can be reached at 505-1759