Colbert Michael "Cole" Hamels (born December 27, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball . Originally from San Diego, California, Hamels excelled in high school both academically and athletically. The Philadelphia Phillies drafted him out of high school in the first round of the 2002 draft (17th overall), and he began his career in the Phillies minor league system. Numerous issues, including an injury sustained in a bar fight as well as other injuries, occurred during his first few minor league seasons. Having reached the Triple-A level, he was the top pitcher in the Phillies' minor league system in 2006 .