It seems that John Mayberry lost the coin toss, as he was optioned to AAA Lehigh Valley with the activation of Shane Victorino from the DL. The Phillies options appeared to be A) Optioning Mayberry; B) Placing Gload on the DL with his hip issue; C) Optioning Francisco or D) Subjecting Martinez to Waivers and offering him back to Washington. Mayberry was hitting .231 with 3 HR and 12 RBI to go along with 4 stolen bases. He had started 12 games in a row, and 16 of the last 17 for the Phils, playing a solid CF in Victorino’s absence. Continue reading Mayberry Optioned
A look back over the May 27–June 2nd time period, with some truly notable performances this time around.
Hot Hitters:(10 AB minimum) Sebastian Valle (.650, 13-20); Joe Savery (.500), Erik Kratz (.455, 2HR 4 RBI); James Murphy (.448, 5R 2HR 9 RBI); Tuffy Gosewisch (.444, 1HR 6RBI); Mike Spidale (.391, 4R 3 RBI); Geancarlo Mendez (.385, 6R 1HR 4 RBI); Aaron Altherr (.385); Leandro Castro (.381); Cesar Hernandez (.375). Honorable Mention: Derrick Mitchell, Jeff Larish, Tagg Bozied Continue reading Hot or Not 03 June 2011
So this is the word. I have two really quick thoughts on this:
* He’s 19. He has plenty of time. Even with his slow start and the ankle injury (which didn’t help the slow start), he’s one of the youngest players in the FSL. He has all kinds of time, and this includes learning the outfield. If playing 1B for 2 months or even the rest of the year helps his ankle heal and gets him on track, fine.
* If his future is in Philadelphia, he’s eventually going to have to learn to play LF, because he’s not displacing Ryan Howard at 1B, and no one is taking Ryan Howard’s contract. Unless salaries inflate beyond belief over the next 3 years. But that’s a decision for 2-3 years down the road.
In the meantime, everyone take a deep breath on Singleton and relax. Time is on his side, yes it is.