The Phillies made their annual decision on who to send to the Arizona Fall League, the six-team minor league that serves as a warmup for players close to the majors, in front of a slew of scouts. The eight going to Arizona, to play for the Mesa Solar Sox, are:
Quintin Berry (OF, 23 y/o): Projected as a fifth outfielder, he has great speed and an OK bat.
Joe Bisenius (P, 25 y/o): Made it to Philadelphia, but has struggled this year in Lehigh Valley and a little in Reading. Not much time left to turn him into something good.
Andrew Carpenter (P, 23 y/o): Horrible in Reading, he came back to Clearwater and has pitched well. A time in the spotlight will be a good barometer of his future.
Jason Donald (IF, 23 y/o): A .308 hitter with good power in Reading, he played for the U.S. Olympic team and has been generally one of baseball’s better infield prospects. He could see some time in Philly before May 2009.
Sergio Escalona (P, 24 y/o): Not a top-30 prospect, but the lefty has good K numbers and has pitched well throughout his ascension. Now in Reading.
Lou Marson (C, 22 y/o): Hitting .319 in Reading with an .857 OPS, Marson is regarded as the franchise’s best position prospect. Time in the AFL would make him among the first readt for Opening Day 2009.
Pat Overholt (P, 24 y/o): Not great numbers after making the jump to Reading; could be trade bait or Rule V fodder.
Jeremy Slayden (OF, 26 y/o): Getting too old to be a prospect, Slayden has been a good hitter, but not good enough in the front office’s eyes to be in the majors. Might be trade bait.