Questions With IRONPIGPEN: Part III

Every day, we will ask the IRONPIGPEN questions about the IronPigs or other Phillies prospects. You may already be familiar with him from our counter point series. For more on the IRONPIGPEN himself, please visit his blog, IRONPIGPEN: The Pork Stops Here!

What do you think of Jason Donald being ranked a higher prospect than Carlos Carrasco?

IRONPIGPEN: I think Donald is closer to being ready right now for the Philadelphia Phillies at the Major League level. I think the record clearly shows Donald has been able to master and graduate the minor league levels at a faster rate than Carrasco. Carrasco has been pitching in the Phillies system since he was seventeen. He is 22 this spring and is basically just arriving at AAA after five seasons of professional ball. Donald, who played college ball at the University of Arizona, will reach the AAA level after just three pro seasons. I also think that Donald has enjoyed success in the minors whereas Carrasco has had his share of ups and downs along his way. As you know, Donald did well in the Arizona Fall League and I think he is on a real fast track to the Major Leagues, not that I think Carrasco won’t also get there.

Who do you think is the best prospect in the entire Phillies farm system?

IRONPIGPEN: It depends what you mean by prospect. I think the young player in the Philadelphia farm system most ready to be called up would probably be shortstop Jason Donald. Carlos Carrasco and Lou Marson aren’t too far behind him. If you mean below the IronPigs who is the best future player for the Philadelphia Phillies I would say outfielder Michael Taylor is certainly one to watch. He romped last year for both the A Lakewood BlueClaws (67 G, 10 HR 50 RBI, .361 AVG) and the A+ Clearwater Threshers (65 G, 9 HR 38 RBI, .329 AVG). I thoroughly believe if he brings his 2008 form to spring training he will end up with AA Reading Phillies to start the season. I even saw one optimistic article which has Taylor rocking in Reading and playing for the IronPigs by the end of the year. That would be interesting since both Michael Taylor and John Mayberry are products of Stanford University. We could have the smartest outfield in the International League!


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