Two former A's received fortunate phone calls this past week. 2004 and 2005 alum Andrew Miller
was traded from the Florida Marlins to the Boston Red Sox and 2006 alum Matt Rizzotti
was added to the Philadelphia Phillies 40-man roster. With the addition, Rizzotti has earned an invitation to the team's Major League Spring Training camp in February to compete for a starting spot on Opening Day.
Miller was named the Cape League's top Major League prospect by Baseball America after the 2004 campaign and was the 6th overall pick of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers. He dominated CCBL hitters with a combined 8-0 record as a starter with a 1.82 ERA, allowing just 18 earned runs with 114 strikeouts over 89 innings of work in his two seasons with the A's. The Tigers dealt Miller to the Marlins before the 2008 season, in which he recorded 29 appearances (20 starts) at the Major League Level.
Rizzotti has climbed the ranks of the Philadelphia system since spending the 2006 season with the A's, finishing the 2010 campaign with the AAA Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. He has recorded double-digit home runs in each of the past three seasons. The 24-year old first baseman led all Chatham hitters with 39 walks, and finished the season tied for a team-best 11 extra-base hits in his single summer on the Cape.
Rizzotti also spent part of this offseason in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, posting a .333 batting average with 12 RBI for the Mesa Solar Sox, and finishing the season with the second most walks in the league with 22.
Be sure to stick with us at www.chathamanglers.com all offseason long for continued updates on former and future players, as we ramp up for another exciting summer on the Cape!