Colvin becomes the one to watch

For Brody Colvin, the 2010 season was a definite success. In just his second professional season, Colvin spent the entire season at Low-A Lakewood and had the usual struggles of a young pitcher making the jump from the Gulf Coast League to the South Atlantic League, especially early in the season.

In the first month of the season, Colvin was just 1-3 with an 11.15 ERA in four starts and looked like he was over-matched. From there though, Colvin seemed to put it all together and was successful the rest of the way, helping Lakewood to their second SAL title in as many seasons.

“There was definitely a bit of a learning curve early on,” remembered Colvin during the SAL playoffs. “I knew I could succeed though, so I just kept going out there and worked hard to get better.”

The season started on the wrong foot for Colvin, when he was arrested on three misdemeanor charges last February, but the incident now seems like a youthful bad idea and Colvin just continues to look ahead. “I just focus on getting better. I’ve had a lot to learn and that whole thing just reinforced that fact.”

Colvin found himself pitching in a key spot for Lakewood in the SAL Championship, when he started game three against Greenville. With the series tied at one and coming off a brawl-marred game two, Colvin went to work against Greenville and threw five innings before turning things over to the highly qualified Lakewood bullpen. Lakewood wound up winning game three and then going on to win game four for their second straight SAL Championship.

“Naturally, I wanted to pitch better, but we got the win and in the big picture, that’s what matters,” said Colvin about his championship outing.

As with many young pitchers – Colvin just turned 20 in August – it’s going to be interesting to see where the Phillies place Colvin to start next season. He may very well be back at Lakewood to get a little more seasoning before being advanced to Clearwater. Would Colvin be ready for jumping to Clearwater? “Right now, I’m not worrying about those things. I’ll go wherever they want me to go and I’ll work hard to get better. Like I said, I know I still have a lot to learn, but I’m going to learn it all, eventually.”

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