Reading Eagle colleague Mike Drago says he’s been asked by scouts for his take on Lou Marson’s defense, as the catcher is now viewed as a top chip in the Phillies’ chain. On Sunday, he set the record straight.
"When Lou Marson was struggling to crack .250 early in his career, people around the Phillies organization were quick to remind you about his defensive skills," he writes. "Now that he's among the Eastern League's top hitters, some scouts are complaining about Marson's throwing ability.
"Truth is he's been inconsistent throwing the ball to second, with some good streaks mixed in with some bad ones. A few weeks back he was throwing out nearly 41 percent of base-stealers, which is quite good. At the All-Star break that number had slipped to 37 percent. The 22-year-old catcher has plenty of arm to get the job done. At this point he simply needs to refine his footwork and he'll be fine back there." [Link]
Beerleaguer: Marson has been listed in a handful of rumors, most recently, one involving Colorado outfielder Matt Holliday and closer Brian Fuentes. With the trade of Adrian Cardenas, Marson, who's hitting .324/.440/.437 with five homers, probably defaults as the highest-rated position prospect in the Phillies' system. Coming into the season, Baseball America rated him fourth behind Cardenas, and outfielders Dominic Brown and Greg Golson. With Carlos Ruiz struggling to stay over the Mendoza Line, catching is right near the top of areas in need of immediate help.