Phillies' Colvin Raring To Get Going





PHILADELPHIA—Righthander Brody Colvin's final start of 2011—6 2/3 shutout innings to lead high Class A Clearwater to a win over Brevard County—was the equivalent of finishing a poor round of golf with a birdie.

Colvin finished a difficult season at 3-8, 4.71, but his final outing, and the entire learning experience of 2011, left him eager to get to spring training and begin the new season.

"I can't wait for the offseason to be over," the 21-year-old said. "Baseball had always come easily to me, but last year I hit some bumps in the road for the first time. It was disappointing, but I think it was a good learning experience and I can bounce back from it."

Colvin was pegged to go high in the 2009 draft, but slipped to the seventh round because of a commitment to Louisiana State. The Phillies persuaded him to sign with a $900,000 bonus. At 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, Colvin has an ideal pitcher's body and one of the best arms in the system. He posted a 3.39 ERA in 27 starts in his first full pro season at low Class A in 2010, but struggled at Clearwater last year. A sore back plagued the Louisiana native at the outset and he later had a groin issue. When he was healthy, he struggled with mechanics and command.

"Honesty, I think I was just trying to do too much," he said. "Just trying to push and progress as quickly as I can and it kind of caught up with me. I was trying to do some different things mechanically and ran into a little confusion."

Colvin does not regret turning down LSU.

"I definitely feel because I'm so passionate about the sport that this was the right route for me," he said.

Colvin might need some extra time in Clearwater, but his goal is to earn his way to Double-A as quickly as possible.

"I'm really focused on getting there," Colvin said. "I don't want to leave those guys."

PHIL-UPS

• Non-roster veterans Scott Podsednik and Juan Pierre will be in big league camp bidding for the fifth outfielder's spot, another indication that Domonic Brown may go to Triple-A for more development.

• Second baseman Harold Garcia has been cleared to play after missing most of last season after tearing his ACL at Reading.