The Phillies sent 2004 first-round pick Greg Golson to Texas in exchange for 2005 first-rounder John Mayberry Jr. in a swap of toolsy prospects.
Mayberry, 24, split the 2008 season between double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma and hit a combined .264 with 38 doubles, 20 home runs, 71 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 135 games. A right-handed batter, he is the son of former Major Leaguer John Mayberry, who had a 15-year career (1968-82) with the Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees. The Phillies have added him to the 40-man roster and have assigned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Golson, 23, was the Phillies' first round selection (21st overall) in the 2004 draft. He played for Double-A Reading during the season and hit .282 with 13 home runs, 60 RBI and 23 stolen bases. Golson was hitless in six September at-bats with the Phillies.
Beerleaguer: The Phillies are at a point where they can give or take players with Golson’s skill set; they have so many of them. Amaro said they preferred Mayberry’s power in left to Golson’s speed in center. I would, too, and think it’s a smart move trading Golson’s speed for more power, good speed and a slightly better handle on the strike zone. I’ve never been a big believer in Golson, the subject of much debate on Beerleaguer over the years. I’ve talked to a couple of sources inside the organization or close to the team who’ve all said they didn’t think Golson would make it.
Mayberry, at 24, is another work in progress. Between Double and Triple-A in 2008, the 6-5 son of former Major Leaguer John Mayberry, clobbered left-handed pitching to the tune of a .357/.398/.696 line in 115 at-bats, but is still considered raw. In addition, I’m always skeptical of the second-tier power hitters from the Pacific Coast League (Dallas McPherson 42 Hrs). They’re a dime a dozen, and I don’t think much of the Texas organization as a whole. I’m not too impressed with his numbers, or what I’ve read in the scouting reports. He’s considered another long-term project in the mold of Golson, with hopes that some day a team will be able to tap into his raw potential, which includes more upside power than Golson. I’m interested in the power against lefties as it figures into the Phillies' ever-expanding Platoonitopia, plus all the other tools, but there’s a better than even chance neither of these players will make it.