Monday, July 6, 2015

Former Phils draft pick, Bishop Carroll star Mike Costanzo reaches The Show

Here's a name you might recognize. . .

Former Phils draft pick, Bishop Carroll star Mike Costanzo reaches The Show

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Mike Costanzo was the Phillies second round pick in 2005. (Rusty Kennendy/AP File Photo)
Mike Costanzo was the Phillies second round pick in 2005. (Rusty Kennendy/AP File Photo)
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Here's a name you might recognize. . .

On Saturday, the Reds purchased the contract of Mike Costanzo, the former Phillies second round pick, adding him to the active roster after sending Scott Rolen to the 15-day disabled list. The Phillies did not have a first round selection in 2005, meaning Costanzo was the their first pick of the draft at No. 65. A product of Archbishop Carroll, Costanzo was the darling of the local media on draft day thanks to his local connections. In 2007, he hit .270/.368/.490 with 27 home runs at Double-A Reading, but was traded to Houston as part of the Brad Lidge deal that offseason. Shortly thereafter, the Astros shipped him to Baltimore in a deal for Miguel Tejada.

Costanzo was released by the Orioles after hitting just .202 at Double-A and Triple-A in 2009. He started the 2010 season playing for the Camden RiverSharks, but was signed by the Reds. This year, he was hitting .303/.402/.541 with six home runs and 37 strikeouts in 127 plate appearances at Double-A and Triple-A.



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