Former Rutgers-Camden pitcher Jeff Singer signed a minor league deal with the Phillies

The Phillies looked in their own back yard to find their latest minor league prospect. Right-hander Jeff Singer, who pitched for the Camden River Sharks in the Atlantic League in 2015, signed a minor league deal with the Phillies.

Jeff Singer, 22, spent this past season as the youngest player in the Atlantic League, an independent baseball league, which fielded a team in Camden for the past few seasons. Singer graduated from Rutgers-Camden and went undrafted, leading to him signing with the River Sharks last July. He started working out of the bullpen for Camden before getting six starts later in the season. Singer was 1-4 with a 5.25 ERA in 13 games with Camden, including six starts. In 49 2/3 innings, he allowed 52 hits and walked 30 batters while striking out 30 batters.

Singer is 6', 200 pounds and currently throws in the mid-90s.

Singer's college career went from Holy Cross in 2011 to Gloucester County College for two years before going to Monmouth University and then on to Rutgers-Camden to graduate.

Singer threw for the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles in a workout a couple weeks ago and was getting interest, particularly from the Yankees. Phillies scout Rowland George had been following Singer and suggested to the Phillies that they move quickly on him after hearing of interest from the other teams.

The Phillies will take a look at Singer in minor league spring training next year before determining what level of the minors to start him and whether he'll work as a reliever or as a starter.

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