South Jersey pitcher, Jeff Singer, living his dream in Phillies’ system

Matt Leon
June 29, 2019 - 4:00 am
Relief pitcher Jeff Singer

Courtesy of the Reading Fightin' Phils

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Jeff Singer is a 25-year-old left-hander in the Phillies minor league system and is having a great season for Double- A Reading.

Hailing from South Jersey, Singer went to high school at Holy Cross Academy in Delran, so playing in the Phils’ organization is special for him.

And he has taken quite the path to get to this point, as Singer went undrafted out of college at Rutgers-Camden, so he needed a job.

"I was at Dunphy Ford over in Mayfair in Philly," he said. "And then I was playing in the RVL, Rancocas Valley League, that I played in after my senior year of high school. I was just playing with guys like (former local pro pitcher) Shaun Babula and all those guys, some of them played affiliate baseball. So, I was around some guys who had been through the grind and just talking with them and working with them and then got my shot with the Riversharks shortly after that."

That's the old Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League. Soon after he signed with the Phillies in 2016, Singer says it was like a dream.

"It was a dream come true getting signed by the team I grew up watching," he said "Watched guys like Aaron Rowand, watched guys like Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Chase Utley, Bobby Abreu. Watching those guys it was really cool. I just really enjoy it, it's definitely a dream come true right now, and hopefully I can just keep it going."

Singer has enjoyed consistent success in the Phillies system. Heading into action on Friday, he was 4-0 in 22 relief appearances for Reading this season, with a 2.43 ERA. So, what are the keys to Singer’s success?

"I feel it was velocity that got me the opportunity, and now its command that's keeping me here," he said. "It's one of those things where seeing a lot of guys that are hard throwers and the biggest thing right now for me is just throwing strikes. I feel that's been helping me a lot this year, the command I have and being able to pound the zone."

He talks about the biggest lesson he's learned since turning pro.

"Definitely slowing the game down,” he said. “Baseball's one of those games where one thing happens, and you turn around, and you've got bases loaded and you've just got to learn to take a deep breath. Control what you can control, and everything that you can't control you've just kind of got to let it go and know what you can do on the mound; and keep yourself moving forward."

Singer and the Reading Fightin' Phils are home this weekend, hosting Portland.

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