Michael Taylor, traded to the Jays as part of the Roy Halladay deal, then flipped to the Athletics for corner-infield prospect Brett Wallace, has also been mentioned in preseason Rookie of the Year talk.
Eyeing a clear path to the majors with Oakland, Baseball America believes Taylor will be given a chance to win Oakland's left-field job in spring training, a chance he wouldn’t have been given in Philadelphia until at least 2011. The scouting magazine likes the left fielder’s raw power and other tools and rated him as the best hitter (for average) in the Oakland chain. However, the magazine believes conditioning, related to his juvenile diabetes, could become an issue down the road. On a separate note, Adrian Cardenas, part of the Joe Blanton trade of 2008, rated ninth among A’s prospects. [Link]
Links: Brian Smith of the Reading Eagle profiles local product and Phillies spring invitee Ryan Vogelsong. [Link] The Rangers signed Colombian catcher Jorge Alfaro, who had been in the Phillies' sights. [Link]