Lets get right to it..
* Jason Donald was promoted to Clearwater yesterday and went 0/3 with an RBI in his debut for the Threshers. Will the Phillies move Cardenas back to SS now or leave him at 2B? He played 2B last night, but if he can play shortstop, I’d move him back there for the time being. We’ll see. Also of note at Clearwater, Lou Marson is now hitting .286/.361/.367. The low slugging % isn’t good at all, but he still doesn’t turn 21 until later this month, and he’s holding his own at High A, that’s a positive sign.
* Here is an article on recent signing Matt German, a LHP, which was brought to my attention by Jim Salisbury in his Q/A for me. German was the closer for Northern Illinois, and bringing him in certainly can’t do any harm. The article mentions that he doesn’t throw hard, only in the mid 80’s, but because he is left handed, he’ll get a look. He apparently is very good against lefties, and the article mentions he’ll either end up in Lakewood or Williamsport. Might as well send him to Lakewood and see what he can do, he is a 5th year senior.
* As the draft rapidly approaches, and with the winds continuing to blow in the “position players are the priority” line, it kind of scares me. The Phillies have almost no track record over the last 8 years or so of developing high school hitters. Jimmy Rollins is the only example I can think of where they drafted a prep hitter high in the draft and he turned into an all star. The misses far outweigh the hits. The problem is, a number of hitters who are projected to fall to the Phillies have lines like “needs work on swing mechanics”, “needs to adjust his approach”, or “needs to work on his stance”, and to me, that screams “he’ll be a bust”, because it seems the Phillies can’t develop hitting prospects. Greg Golson was drafted as a 5 tool talent, but he “had an aluminum bat swing and would need work on his approach”….well, it’s been a while, and he’s still in High A, striking out with alarming frequency. The Phillies simply develop pitchers at a higher clip than hitters. Yet in this draft, they are targeting lots of hitters. That’s ok, because we have a real lack of position depth in the system, but don’t be surprised if these “raw projects” remain raw projects while under the Phillies control.