Duckworth Debut Delirious

In his major league debut Brandon Duckworth, the 35th Titan to play in Major League Baseball, beat the San Diego Titans... er, Padres by a score of 7-3. Duckworth pitched 6 innings allowing just three runs -- all on a home run by Titan Mark Kotsay.

Brandon Duckworth pitches to Padres' Damian Jackson, who was the first batter he faced in the major leagues (YONG KIM / DAILY NEWS)

From reading the Philadelphia Daily News you get the feeling he is already a fan favorite. Duck Pond banners were all over Veterans Stadium as were fans with duck calls.

Here are some quotes from the win:

Duckworth

"It was a dream come true out there. My feet haven't touched the ground yet. To see all the banners, it's unbelievable. I couldn't believe the fan support."

"I was nervous, but probably a little less nervous as I expected to be. I was pretty composed."

"This was great but I most definitely wanted to get it [major league debut] out of the way. Now I know I can pitch here. Everybody is human. You watch 'SportsCenter' and you see these guys murdering the ball and you wonder how the pitchers get anyone out. I mean, they're great hitters. But they're human."

"He did a great job," manager Larry Bowa said. "He made one pitch that stayed in the middle of the plate a little bit, but that was it."

Brandon Duckworth Profile
Philadelphia Phillies
Position: RHP Height: 6-2 Weight: 185 Born: 1/23/76

Year Team Level G GS IP H R ER BB K W-L ERA SV
1999 Clearwater A 27 17 132.0 164 84 71 40 101 11-5 4.84 1
2000 Reading AA 27 27 165.0 145 70 58 52 178 13-7 3.16 0
2001 Scranton-WB AAA 22 20 147.0 122 46 43 36 150 13-2 2.63 0

Some facts on Brandon Duckworth:

  • Was not drafted after going 8-1 in 1997 for the Titans
  • Signed as a free-agent in August
  • 1998 went 15-10 and 1999 he won 11 lost 5 but was not consider a good prospect. Considered to have a mediocre fastball (currently ranges from 88-93 MPH)
  • Promoted to Double-A in 2000 he suddenly became a hot prospect based on his control and durability.
  • In 2001 he was promoted to the Triple-A International League where he has been dominate.
  • Started Triple-A All-Star game.