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Report: Mayberry Impressive In Camp

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.

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