Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Minor League Tracker: Phillips Orta Signs

Jeremy Woznick at The Star Herald, writes about the Mets 10th round draft pick Phillips Orta signing with the Mets:

After being drafted by the Mets in June, Orta decided to return to WNCC for his sophomore season. As the ace of the pitching staff, he helped lead the Cougars to their first regional championship in school history last weekend. WNCC had its season ended just a few wins shy of the JUCO World Series on Thursday in the NJCAA Western District Baseball Tournament.

Chase, who is in his 17th year with the Mets and has signed a number of players to big-league contracts most notably A.J. Burnett currently of the Toronto Blue Jays, believes the sky is the limit for Orta.

"The more time he gets on the mound, the better he's going to get," Chase said. "I think you'll see him as one of our bright spots in the New York Mets organization in the next few years."

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