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Thorp Continues To Look Ahead

Drafted in the 31st round out of Baylor University back in the 2002 MLB Draft, Paul Thorp was rolling along in his two plus seasons in the Yankees' farm system entering the 2005 season with Tampa Yankees. But after dominating the Florida State League the first half of the year, Thorp inexplicably struggled mightily in the second half for his first rough patch in his professional career.

Paul Thorp first opened some eyes in the Yankees' organization after posting a 1.98 ERA and six saves for the Staten Island Yankees back in 2003. He entered the 2005 season with a career 2.73 ERA and 32 saves after racking up 26 saves as the Battle Creek closer in the Midwest League in 2004 and he was seemingly on his way for another stellar year, this time with the Tampa Yankees in 200...

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