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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Greg Golson Now on the Yankees

This is not a misprint.

For years the Phillies have drafted 5-tool players whose careers fizzled at AA ball. The reason -- great athletes, but bad knowledge of the strike zone, too many strikeouts, bad on-base percentages, the same old tale.

Before the 2009 season, the Phillies swapped disappointing former first-round draft picks, getting John Mayberry, Jr. from the Rangers in exchange for, yes, Greg Golson, who somehow ended up with the Yankees and now got a call up because of an injury to Nick Swisher. Lest Phillies' fans fear that they let a superstar get away too early, Golson was hitting .242 in Scranton with an on-base percentage below .300.

So, Yankee fans, if the team's spin doctors are calling him a good-fielding outfielder who has potential, it means that the team has doubts whether Golson could hit Jamie Moyer (or his American League equivalent, velocity-wise) with an oar.

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