The first of many Beerleaguer exclusive updates this season from Reading Eagle cohort and R-Phils scribe Mike Drago.
Domonic Brown: "Haven't seen any power yet, but overall he looks like a better player than the one who arrived in Reading last August. He's physically stronger, playing the outfield much better and making more contact. Still going to the left side with a lot of his hits, which is a surprise, Charlie Manuel worked with him during the spring in an attempt to get him to drive the ball to the gaps more. Haven't seen the result of that yet. He's wearing the "prospect" tag very well; all the extra attention isn't bothering him a bit, which is a good sign."
Freddy Galvis: "The kid is an acrobat at short, similar to one his heros and countryman, Luis Aparicio. He's worth the price of admission just to watch him play in the field. Even better, he's hitting the ball! Didn't think we'd see that so soon, if at all, but he has struck out just once in 31 at-bats, is making consistent, solid contact, and doesn't seem at all overmatched by Double-A pitchers. That's great news because he's only 20, and he came into the season with a .234 career batting average."
Tyson Gillies: "Hasn't hit yet; obviously struggling at this level, with 10 strikeouts in eight games. But the guy can absolutely fly. Gets down the line as fast as Michael Bourn, Greg Golson, Reggie Taylor -- any of those guys. Looks promising in the field, too. He made an incredible catch at the base of the wall in center the other night, with his back turned completely to home plate, ala Willie Mays."
Phillippe Aumont: "It's harder to get a feel for the pitchers at this point, because they've only thrown a few times each. Aumont was better in his second start than his first, with more velocity and a better curve. But he's been inconsistent, and wild. If you didn't know he was a former No. 1 pick, he wouldn't jump out at you, other than the fact that he's 6-7. But we'll have to be patient here. He pitched exclusively out of the bullpen last year."
Vance Worley: "Just doesn't look like the same guy who was so impressive early last year. He had a knee injury which he pitched through last summer, but it affected his game. Not sure what the problem is now, but he looks tentative out there."
Mike Stutes: "The switch to the bullpen suits him. He hasn't been dominant, with more walks than strikeouts, but he's only surrendered one hit in five innings. Definitely could help the Phillies down the line as a seventh-inning guy, but might not become as good as Madson. Doesn't have the same size or power."
Yohan Flande: "An under-the-radar type guy, because he doesn't throw hard, but he had the changeup working the other night, and allowed just one hit in six innings. Pitches again tonight. Not sure where he fits in down the line, but he has some promise. Just not sure if it's as a starter, or how he might be out of the pen, not being much of a strikeout guy."
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