In Andy Martino’s article today in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Charlie Manuel mentioned the possibility of a right handed bat being called up from AAA Lehigh Valley for the weekend series against the Yankees to DH. It seems right now, that John Mayberry is the leading candidate, with a darkhorse candidate being Pablo Ozuna who is coming off a 13 game hitting streak and hitting .298 thus far this year. Ozuna has very good speed and major league experience but is not on the 40 man roster. Mayberry is certainly more of the long ball threat, but his 40 strikeouts in 133 at bats or of concern.
Chance Chapman, who has been fantastic for Clearwater so far this year, going 3-1 with an ERA of 0.77 in 11 appearances was called up to Reading yesterday.
The Paul Bako signing is an interesting one, when you consider the trickle down effect. Scott Proefrock, the Phillies Assistant GM, was quoted in todays Inquirer as saying the Phils felt they needed to add depth, because of the possibility of injury, as they feel that Lou Marson is not major league ready. Bako, who is likely to start at AA Reading is a very good defensive catcher who has his offensive struggles.
A tough night last night for two of the Phillies pitching prospects with Tyson Brummett getting rocked, giving up nine runs on twelve hits in two innings of work. Jason Knapp struggled with his control for Lakewood, going 3.2 innings, and allowing two runs, while walking five.