Fall baseball gets underway this afternoon for a handful of notable Phillies prospects.
Mesa, which will be home to eight Phillies this fall, meets Phoenix today at 2:35 p.m. ET in the AFL opener. Outfielder John Mayberry Jr., last spotted homering for the Phillies in the regular season finale against Atlanta, represents the most recognizable name on the list of participants. First baseman Matt Rizzotti, who posted a .985 OPS between Reading and Allentown, catcher and utilityman Tim Kennelly and right-handers Josh Zeid, Justin De Fratus, B.J. Rosenberg, Chris Kissock and Tyson Brummett are also there. Generally speaking, it’s a group of older prospects; Zeid and De Fratus being the youngest at 23, with Mayberry, who will soon turn 27, being the oldest, and way old for this particular league. Mayberry hit .267/.328/.412 with 15 homers and 20 stolen bases in 534 plate appearances with Lehigh Valley. He's worth tracking since he could factor into the outfield mix next season, especially if he can learn how to hit a curveball. Until then, he continues to be merely an impressive physical specimen who has appeared in two fewer postseason games than Greg Golson.
Keep up with the Phillies prospects this offseason by visiting the links to the left.