In 2011, Vance Worley was becoming a rock star. Those goggles. That strut. Those called third strikes. After being called up from Lehigh Valley to make a spot start, Worley caught on quick. In July, he went 4-0 with a 2.04 ERA and was hastily crowned a stud.
He has not had a stellar post-Phillies career.
Worley went from a fringe Rookie of the Year candidate in 2011, to one of the trade chips with the Twins that brought the Phillies Ben Revere, to the Twins' opening day starter this year, to the owner of a 7.21 ERA over 48 innings.
The decline has led to a demotion to the Twins' Triple A affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings. And the story comes full circle as the Red Wings begin a four game series in Lehigh Valley on Monday.
Sad circumstances for the former fan favorite, certainly, but the temporary minor league appearance should help him work things out. Meanwhile, the process - which at one point featured Kyle Kendrick and J.A. Happ - began anew as this year's "Vance Worley" has entered the Phillies' rotation, and continues to show how pleasantly pitching prospects can surprise.