Future Phillies VIII

(Last in an eight-part series about young prospects in the Phillies minor league system, outfielders).

Berry, Quintin . . . B-T: L-L . . . 6-0, 175 . . . 23 . . . Resides: San Diego, CA . . . Selected in 5th round, 2006; signed by Darrell Connor . . . Three-year pro . . . Spent season at Clearwater, .272, 134 G, 139 H, 24 2B, 43 RBI, 51 SB . . . Phillies minor league player of the month (July) . . . Led FSL in stolen bases; led SAL in SB in ’07 (55) . . . FSL post-season All-Star . . . Hit .311 in the AFL.

Scouting Report: “Very good bunter.  Plus speed as witnessed by his stolen base totals the last two years.  Swing much improved, still needs to get shorter.”

Brown, Dominic . . . B-T: L-L . . . 6-5, 200 . . . 21 . . . Lithonia, GA . . . Selected in 20th round, 2006, out of Redan (GA) HS; signed by Chip Lawrence . . . Three-year pro . . . Spent season at Lakewood, .291, 114 G, 77 R, 129 H, 23 2B, 9 HR, 54 RBI, 22 SB . . . Led club in H, R, SB . . . Hit .389, tops in the Hawiian Winter League . . . Ranked as best prospect in Phillies minor league system by Baseball America.

Scouting Report: “Wiry-strong, athletic frame.  Excellent athlete.  Live drive stroke. Good bat speed.  Hitting tools are ahead of his power.  Plus power potential.  Plus throwing arm.”

Castro, Leonardo . . .  B-T: R-R . . . 5-11, 185 . . . 19 . . . La Romana, DR . . . Signed as an amateur free agent, 3/7/07, by Wil Tejeda . . . Two-year pro . . . Spent season with Gulf Coast League Phillies, .298, 44 G, 3 HR, 19 RBI.

Scouting Report: “Very young.  Shows some pop and pretty good idea of strike zone.  Really did well against LHP.  Needs to play.”

Collier, Zach . . . B-T: L-L . . . 6-2, 190 . . . 18 . . . Carson City, CA . . . Selected between 1st and 2nd round, 2008; signed by Darrell Connor . . . First-year pro . . . Made pro debut with Gulf Coast League Phillies, .271, 37 G, 9 2B, 19 RBI, 5 SB . . . Ranked as 8th best prospect in Phillies minor league system by Baseball America.

Scouting Report: “Very impressive hitter for his age.  Has some juice in his bat. A tick below an average thrower.  Played all 3 outfield positions.  Runs well.  Great makeup.  Great future, just needs lots of playing time.”

De Los Santos, Vladimir . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-1, 176 . . . 22 . . . Santo Domingo, DR . . . Signed as an amateur free agent, 3/15/05, by Wil Tejada . . . Four-year pro . . . Played for Gulf Coast League Phillies, .251, 51 G, 11 2B, 10 HR, 45 RBI.

Scouting Report: “Led club in homers. Nearly half of his hits were for extra bases.  Shows power potential.  Moved to first base in FIL.”

Gose, Anthony . . . B-T: L-L . . . 6-0, 183 . . . 18 . . . Bellflower, CA . . . Selected in 2nd round, 2008, out of high school; signed by Tim Kissner . . . First-year pro . . . Made pro debut with Gulf Coast League Phillies, .256, 11 G, 3 SB.

Scouting Report: “Injuries limited him to 11 games.  Proto-type center fielder.  Another excellent athlete with good makeup.  Like Collier, he needs lots of playing time.”

Mayberry, John . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-6, 230 . . . 25 . . . Overland Park, KS . . . Acquired from Texas Rangers, 11/30/08, for OF Greg Golson . . . Four-year pro . . . Played at Frisco (21 G) and Oklahoma City (114 G); combined .264, 38 2B, 7 3B, 20 HR, 71 RBI, 10 SB.

Scouting Report: “Very good athlete.  Tremendous power.  Ball really jumps off his bat.  Can lift the ball.  Plays the corner positions.  Good acquisition.”

Milner, Gus . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-5, 245 . . . 24 . . . Olathe, KS . . . Selected in 14th round, 2006, out of U. of Kansas; signed by Jerry Lafferty . . . Three-year pro . . . Spent season at Clearwater, .261, 74 R, 21 2B, 7 3B, 6 HR, 53 RBI, 22 SB.

Scouting Report: “Big man who moves very well.  Gets good jumps in the outfield and covers a lot of ground.  Works hard.  Swing has improved.  Ball jumps off his bat.  Needs to refine his offensive skills.”

Myers, D’Arby . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-3, 170 . . . 20 . . . Los Angeles, CA . . . Selected in 4th round, 2006, out of Westchester HS; signed by Tim Kissner . . . Three-year pro . . . Played at Lakewood (64 G) and Williamsport (50 G); combined .219, 20 2B, 25 RBI, 17 SB.

Scouting Report: “Plus running speed and improved arm in the outfield.  Struggles against RHP but is very young.  Needs plenty of at-bats and playing time.  Another very good athlete.”

Slayden, Jeremy . . . B-T: L-R . . . 6-0, 205 . . . 26 . . . Murfreesboro, TN . . . Selected in 8th round, 2005, out of Georgia Tech; signed by Chip Lawrence . . . Four-year pro . . . Spent season at Reading, .298, 131 G, 72 R, 144 H, 33 2B, 17 HR, 81 RBI.

Scouting Report: “Has some pull power.  Very aggressive at the plate. Will make a pitcher pay for a mistake pitch.”

Susdorf, Steven . . . B-T: L-L . . . 6-0, 195 . . . 22 . . . Newall, CA . . . Selected in 19th round, 2008, out of Fresno State U., College World Series champions; signed by Joey Davis . . . First-year pro . . . Played for Williamsport (48 G) and Lakewood (2 G); combined .295, 13 2B, 5 HR, 35 RBI.

Scouting Report: “College kid making an adjustment to pro ball.  Aggressive at the plate.  Shows some pop.  Played some first base but will play the outfield.”

Taylor, Michael . . . B-T: R-R . . . 6-6, 250 . . . 23 . . . Apopka, FL . . . Selected in 5th round, 2007, out of Stanford U.; signed by Joey Davis . . . Two-year pro . . . Split season between Lakewood (.361, 67 G) and Clearwater (.329, 65 G); combined .346, 76 R, 170 H, 39 2B, 19 HR, 88 RBI, 15 SB . . . SAL in-season All-Star . . . Phillies minor league player of the month twice (April and August) . . . Played in Hawaii Winter League . . . Led Phillies minor leaguers in AVG, H, TB, 2B, RBI . . . Ranked as 6th best prospect in Phillies minor league system by Baseball America.

Scouting Report: “Big, strong athlete.  Solid average to plus raw power.  Can drive the ball out of any part of the park.  Excellent worker.  Has a plan in BP and works on it daily.  Profiles as a corner outfielder.”

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