Mayberry's Impact

In need of an extra right handed bat for for interleague play, John Mayberry Jr. was called up from Triple-A.

Mayberry's eight home runs and 25 runs batted in led the Lehigh Valley IronPigs coming into Sunday. Called up to the majors, Mayberry impacted the Philadelphia Phillies lineup right away by showing his power to the nation.

His first major league home run, a three run shot, gave the Phillies a 4-1 lead on Saturday. He also doubled.

In his second game, he was 0-for-5 with a strikeout.

Charlie Manuel said Mayberry will stick around for awhile, but the Phillies do not need a designated hitter until June 23 when they play the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. After their series in Tampa, they head to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays.

Mayberry won't recieve much playing time with a starting outfield that consists of Jasyon Werth, Shane Victorino and the red hot Raul Ibanez.

Despite their need for a right handed bat off the bench, the Phillies would benefit if Mayberry is sent back down to Triple-A. Being able to play on a daily basis, he'll get extra at-bats so he won't be rusty if he gets playing time in the majors at the end of June.

He does not have enough experience, and strikes out too much to serve as a temporary pinch hitter. Just 25 years old, his future is an everyday player, not a utility man.

While Mayberry is a much needed right handed power bat, the Phillies should look elsewhere for the sake of benefiting the team in the future.

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actually for Mayberry, one thing that i am impressed with is that with AAA Lehigh Valley he has cut his strikeouts-per-100 at-bats ratio IN HALF from last season AND has DOUBLED his walks per-100 at-bats from last season at AAA Oklahoma City (i did an article with the actual numbers not too long ago)

Esaclona was taken yard to deep center for 3-run homer in AAA debut in ninth inning (game was already over, though)
that said, i think he needs more seasoning

Donald had two real bad errors today but that is only three for the whole year so it was most likely just a one time thing.

Marson hit his first home run in AAA Saturday night.

Carrasco was good today (6.2 ip, 3 r, 2 er, 2 bb, 8 so)

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