With the addition of Brad Wilkerson, the Phillies are bursting at the seams with veteran outfield inventory. With prospects like Anthony Gose and Domonic Brown moving quickly up the chain, the question isn’t “where they’ll go,” it’s “who will go.”
Here’s a sneak preview of Lehigh Valley’s outfield, based on experience and developmental progression: Quintin Berry, John Mayberry, Chris Duffy, Dewayne Wise, Brad Wilkerson, Freddy Guzman, Rich Tompson, Mike Spidale and Kevin Mahar. These are players who have all signed contracts, and there may be more that haven’t been reported. Maybe two will join Domonic Brown in Reading, where young players like Steve Susdorf and Javis Diaz could also man the outfield, not to mention heralded newcomer Tyson Gillies, who is ready to graduate to Double-A. In any case, it’s just too many for the Phillies to keep and could mean the club will be looking to dump, or trade, this spring.
Burnham signs in Italy: Beerleaguer favorite and longtime Reading Phillie Gary Burnham has signed with the Godo Knights of the Italian Baseball League. The 35-year-old veteran was with the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Japanese League last season. The first baseman spent seven seasons with the Phillies, making it as high as Triple-A Ottawa, where he hit .292 /.391/.436 with 12 homers in 2007. Like Brian Mazone, Beerleaguer always wanted this guy to earn a spot with the big club in September, but it never happened.