Greg Golson, the Phillies first-round pick (21st overall) in the 2004 draft, is having a positive season overall when compared to other years, but he’s gone cold lately and is striking out a ton.
They say Golson could step in and play a Major League center field right now, but his plate discipline remains the million dollar question. Golson is 0-for-25 since May 31. His K/BB ratio has fallen to 74/13. Signals are mixed on how highly the Phillies value the speedy outfielder, who’s hitting .294/.331/454 with seven homers and 16 steals. They spoke highly of his ability this spring, but in last week’s draft, used high draft choices to select outfielders with similar skill sets.
Here’s a long piece I hadn't seen until now on Golson from readingphillies.com, which suggests that his problem is identifying off-speed pitches. And get this, the piece also suggests that blogs (who, me?) have been abusive and unsupportive. From the readingphillies.com piece:
“It didn’t hurt me as much as it hurt knowing my parents and family and people who pushed for me were reading things,” Golson said about the media types and the army of internet bloggers who took great glee in making sport of him and the Phillies. Some of them became mean and personal. “It hurts them (my supporters) more than it hurts me because I know what’s within me. They think it’s hurting me, but the whole time it was like, ‘No, that’s not me, that’s not me.' I struggled, but everybody struggles.
“It hissed me off a lot to tell you the truth, and it made me want to do something about it. When you have a good game they don’t say anything. When you have a bad game it’s, here we go again. Now they’re not saying anything about me.”
I suppose he has a point.