Phillies Trade Golson

20 11 2008

By Mike Gill
From Phillies Press Release

John Mayberry is the newest Phillie

John Mayberry is the newest Phillie

Outfielder John Mayberry was acquired by the Phillies from the Texas Rangers in exchange for outfielder Greg Golson, Senior Vice President & General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. announced today.

Mayberry, 24, split the 2008 season between double-A Frisco and triple-A Oklahoma and hit a combined .264 with38 doubles, 20 home runs, 71 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 135 games. He began the year with Frisco before being promoted to Oklahoma in late April. A right-handed batter, Mayberryhit three home runs in the playoffs for Oklahoma and batted .351 with nine home runs and 23 RBI against left-handed pitching during the regular season.

A first-round selection by Texas in the 2005 draft (19th overall) out of Stanford University, Mayberry slugged 30 home runs and had 83 RBI in 2007 between single-A Bakersfield and Frisco. In 464 minor league games, Mayberry has a .255 average with 105 doubles, 82 home runs, 257 RBI and 42 stolen bases. 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.

Golson is headed to Texas.

Golson is headed to Texas.

Golson, 23, was the Phillies’ first round selection (21st overall) in the 2004 draft. He played for double-A Reading during the 2008 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. He made his first major league start (center field) on September 28 against the Washington Nationals, the Phillies’ final regular-season game.

Mayberry was assigned to triple-A Lehigh Valley and had his contract purchased by the Phillies, adding him to the 40-man roster.

PCP Take: Golson obviously will not be a part of the Phillies plans, but the trade for Mayberry is an interesting one. 

Do the Phillies expect him to be a part of the 2009 team now?  He was once a big part of the future plans and was considered by many, including Baseball America, to be a top level prospect.  He also had very good numbers against left handed pitching, but to expect him to move right in and replace Pat Burrell in left field will be a stretch.

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