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Pitching Prospect Ryan Duke Interview Excerpts

Relief pitcher Ryan Duke has been hot since debuting as a pro this year. After being selected by the Phillies in the 25th round of this year's MLB amateur draft, Duke made a splash with the short season Williamsport Crosscutters, quickly earning a promotion to the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws.

In 17 games thus far as a professional, Duke, a 22-year-old right hander, has 0.96 ERA with 7 saves and a .113 batting average against. In addition, he has displayed great command while striking out 22 batters and walking just 3 in 18 2/3 innings.

In his collegiate career, Duke was a force out of the University of Oklahoma bullpen, where he became the school's all-time saves leader.

Recently, I spoke with Ryan about his draft experience, his pitch repertoire and more. Check out the media player below to listen to excerpts from the interview. Also, click here to read more about Ryan and his teammate Austin Wright, another 2011 draft pick currently contributing with the Lakewood pitching staff.



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