Daily Archives: November 7, 2007

Astros fans looking for info

I know you’ll find this site when you search for “Mike Costanzo” and “Michael Bourn”, if you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments here. To see the bulk of what I’ve written on Costanzo, click here. I did interviews with Keith Law and Bryan Smith of BP who both commented on Costanzo as well. I haven’t written a whole lot about Bourn because he spent all of last year in Philadelphia. Basically, lots of speed, very good defender, good plate discipline for the most part, but virtually no power. Any other questions, post away. Thanks for stopping in.

EDIT: Way back in January, my prediction for Costanzo was

So then, 2007. Mike will open the season, his age 23 season, as the starting 3B at Reading. At 23, he needs to be in AA, and he needs to put up a season in the .820-.860 OPS range to remain a prospect worth watching. It’s certainly not unrealistic to expect a .280/.370/.470 season from him at Reading. Parkwise, Reading plays fairly well for hitters

His actual line was .269/.368/.486……not bad.

Phillies trade Costanzo/Bourn

Wow. The Phillies traded Michael Bourn, Geoff Geary and Mike Costanzo for Brad Lidge and Eric Bruntlett. Gotta say, I didn’t see that coming. Bourn is the classic case of “can he play every day”, Geary is a fungible middle reliever, and we’ve debated the merits of Costanzo for a while now. I’m not a big believer in Costanzo being an above average regular at the major league level, Bourn I’m a bit more optimistic on. This is clearly a pretty big gamble, but it will allow us to move Myers back to the rotation. Bruntlett is basically a throw in, a slightly more offensively inclined Abe Nunez who can play all of the INF positions.

Again, wow.

Reader Top 30 is complete

Our democratic process to determine the Phillies top 30 prospects, according to you the readers, is complete, with Tyler Mach rounding out the top 30. I think a number of the selections are a tad strange, but it wasn’t my list, it was yours. A number of people had asked about submitting their own top 30 lists and comparing them, and I think that’s a fine idea. The reason I chose to do the day by day top 30 was simply the lack of anything to talk about regarding the minors on most days in the offseason. So, if you want to submit your own top 30 list, I encourage you to do so. We’ll compare lists and see where different guys rank on everyone’s list. To submit your list, simply send an email to phuturephillies at hotmail dot com, with “TOP 30” somewhere in the subject line of the e-mail. I’ll compile all of them together, lets say at the end of next week. Anyone is eligible, including guys who didn’t make the day by day Top 30.
So, here was the final list based on your voting

01. Carrasco
02. Cardenas
03. Savery
04. Costanzo
05. Outman
06. Carpenter
07. Marson
08. Donald
09. Drabek
10. Happ
11. Harman
12. Golson
13. Jaramillo
14. E Garcia
15. Brown
16. Bastardo
17. Bisenius
18. Berry
19. Myers
20. d’Arnaud
21. Naylor
22. Galvis
23. Correa
24. Mattair
25. Bolt
26. Diekman
27. Sampson
28. Mitchinson
29. Spencer
30. Mach