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Posted Feb 25, 2007

The inaugural tryout camp for independent league players has brought two new pitchers to the Phillies. Plus, there could be more help from the independent ranks on the way.

Jake Ociesa and Mike McTamney are the newest Phillies. They're not household names, but the Phillies hope that they'll be names fans will get to know.

Ociesa is a left-hander who mixed 93 mile per hour fastballs with 84 mile per hour breaking pitches in his tryout. The 23 year old played at both Mississippi State and Murray State and was slated to pitch for the South Georgia Peanuts members of the independent South Coast League.

McTamney pitched for Fullerton and Reno in the Golden League the last two seasons, posting a combined 4-4, 3.13 record. McTamney is a hard thrower and was born and raised in Toms River, New Jersey. Like Ociesa, he throws hard, but doesn't have the good secondary pitches like Ociesa.

Both pitchers will report to minor league camp beginning on Thursday and will be assigned out of camp. The Phillies didn't speculate on where they would be assigned.

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