Randy Wolf is one of the homegrown prospects that the Phillies have touted for years. Born in Canoga Park, California, Wolf is blossoming into the perfect pitcher to fill the number two hole in the rotation. Last season he became the first Phillies left-handed pitcher to post double-digit victories for three consecutive years, since Terry Mulholland completed the feat, winning over 10 from 1991 to 1993. After a strong start in 2003 Wolf is well on his way to putting up another promising season.
2002 was a crossroads of sorts for the young lefty, and he came through it rejuvenated and stronger then ever. Wolf began the season on the 15 day disabled list and was forced to make one rehab start in Clearwater before being activated on April 12. After a shaky start to the season, he recorded a solid 2.10 ERA following the all-star break and recovered from his early season injury to finish 11-9 on the season. Could Wolf carry his late season momentum into this year? The answer is a resounding yes.
Following his solid second half in 2002 Wolf is currently 5-2 with an ERA of just 2.92 thus far in 2003. Through his eight stars the southpaw has struck out 44 and only walked 20. Using a commanding fastball, a lethal curveball and a strong changeup in his arsenal, Wolf is off to the best start of his four-year career.
Much like the rest of the team, Randy Wolf needs to pull everything together this year in order for this club to be successful and so far, he has. Wolf has given his followers in "The Wolf Pack" something to howl about this season, and has become a very solid pitcher behind ace Kevin Millwood. Look for Wolf to win 15 games this year and finally gain the national recognition that he deserves.