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Antonini On The Rise

Antonini ended '08 with a 9-7 mark and 2.77 ERA

Second-year southpaw Michael Antonini experienced as much change as any pitcher in the organization this past season. Originally the Opening Day starter in Savannah, he ended the year with a good showing in Double-A after breezing through a short stint in St. Lucie. Inside Pitch caught up with Antonini prior to departing for his winter league assignment.

2007 18th round selection Michael Antonini did not expect his season to come together like this. The 23-year-old left-hander [previously drafted by the Phillies in the 41st round in 2006] was given the ball on Opening Day in Savannah. It is plausible to say his six inning, hitless performance that day set the tone for his season. Antonini went on to put together a very steady performance...

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