Baseballtown could see a mixed bag of prospects and veterans next season, including the addition of Northern League star Greg Jacobs. R-Phils beat writer Mike Drago provides the details.
Last week, Drago spoke with Phillies minor league director Steve Noworyta to get the early word on young players penciled for Double-A Reading. The list was topped by third baseman Mike Costanzo, the club’s top draft choice in 2005, a possible job for center fielder Greg Golson, their first-round pick in 2004, touted pitchers Matt Maloney and Kyle Kendrick, and perhaps a slot for Rule 5 reliever Alfredo Simon as closer, should he be retained. I asked Drago to follow up on returning veterans.
Drago: "The Phillies have been busy loading up on minor league veterans, and I see several of those guys spilling back to Reading this season.
"I don't see enough room in that Ottawa outfield for everyone, which means guys such as Greg Jacobs, Matt Padgett, Victor Hall or even Ryan Fleming could end up back in Reading -- or with another organization. Same goes with the pitching staff. Reading will see Allen Davis return, this time strictly as a reliever, as well as Tim McClaskey, who could end up as that stop-gap guy in the rotation again. I see Chris Key and Talley Haines having a hard time making the Triple-A roster, so, if they're playing for the Phillies it likely would be in Reading. Joey Hammond's a versatile guy, and could help at the Triple-A level, but might have trouble finding a spot on that roster, at least permanently.
"For the first time in a while, the Phillies have some depth in the upper minors. It's older guys, not prospects who have come up through the system, but at least they won't have to be trolling the indy leagues on a regular basis like in the last few seasons."
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