Amaro likens Mo'ne Davis to Jonathan Papelbon

Amaro likens Mo'ne Davis to Jonathan Papelbon

August 18, 2014, 9:00 am
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Taney Dragons pitcher Mo'ne Davis' mechanics have been likened to Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon's. (AP)

Mo'ne Davis has taken the sports world by storm.

Heck, so has Taney. The Philly-based little league team is just two wins away from the Little League World Series championship game (see story).

In the process, professional athletes across the country have taken notice of Davis' prowess on the mound (see story).

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has, too, and saw a comparison between closer Jonathan Papelbon and the Dragons' star.

"Pretty awesome. I was watching the other day and they did a show about the mechanics of the team, of [Davis], and they equated it to the mechanics of Papelbon, in maximizing her ability to [get behind the ball]," Amaro said Sunday in San Francisco. "It's pretty amazing. The velocity is pretty amazing. When you get right down to it, a person throwing 70 mph at that age? I don’t think I could pick up a baseball and throw 70 mph right now."

The Phillies have seen Davis and the Dragons before.

"She’s been part of our RBI program, that whole group," Amaro said. "Rob Holiday is proud of that, as he should be." (Holiday is the Phils' director of amateur scouting administration. He is the team's liaison to the RBI program.)

Amaro has also been impressed with Davis' demeanor.

"She's very well schooled," Amaro said. "You've got to give the parents, her guardians a lot of credit. It seems like she’s handling it very well."

And so is Taney.

"It's amazing," Amaro said. "Pretty cool."

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