Scott Lauber is all over the place this spring, and in his blog, he provided some insight on outfield prospect John Mayberry Jr., who the Phillies picked up in a trade with the Rangers.
Big outfielder John Mayberry Jr. continues to impress. During batting practice, he crushed a ball off the thatched roof of the Frenchy’s Tiki bar beyond the left-field fence. Even his teammates were impressed. Then, in the second inning, he sprinted back toward the warning track and made a nice catch to take a hit from Travis Snider. Mayberry can run a bit, too, although he was thrown out at home plate trying to score on a throwing error in the second inning. He’s 6-foot-6, and his long running stride reminds me of Dave Winfield.
Can Mayberry — who hit .263 with 16 home runs and 58 RBI in 2008 — translate those tools into major league play? That remains to be seen; currently he’s whiffing more at the plate than delivering. But there’s hope yet in the big guy, and he’ll get some opportunities.