Former Phils prospect Golson heads to Nashville
Former Philadelphia first-round selection Greg Golson can add Milwaukee to the list of organizations after being ranked as high as third among Phillies prospects in 2005.
Golson, 28, agreed to terms with Milwaukee on a minor league contract with the Brewers January 13 and will provide outfield depth for Nashville in 2014.
The frequent flier will be with his seventh organization since 2005 and also added a one-game pit stop with the independent league Lancaster Barnstormers in 2013.
Golson batted a combined .249 with seven doubles, five triples and four home runs in 79 games for four different teams in 2013.
One of the outfielder’s best seasons came in 2007 when he batted .273 with 30 stolen bases, 15 home runs, 68 RBI and 32 doubles between High A Clearwater and Double A Reading.
His last Major League appearance came in 2011 while a member of the New York Yankees but was primarily used as a defensive replacement playing in nine games and accruing 12 at bats.
Overall, Golson played in 40 career Major League games with the Yankees, Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies.
The outfielder could be expected to be the Sounds’ center fielder in 2014 but given the organizational depth at the top of the Brewers’ organization, he will be at the bottom of the list of potential recalls if any injuries at the Major League level develop.
Nashville already has former Brewers’ first round pick Kentrail Davis, Josh Prince, Hainley Statia and 2013 Rule V draftee Kevin Mattison.
In addition, the Sounds also have utility players who could fill any outfield positions including hot-hitting Eugenio Velez and waiver claim Elian Herrera. Both are infielders by trade, but have experience in the outfield.
Another point to consider is the potential first base logjam with the Sounds where Brewers Player Development officials are finding ways to give 2013 Brewers’ Minor League Player of the Year Jason Rogers playing time.
Rogers, 25, spent the majority of his time in the off season playing in the corner outfield positions in order to allow Hunter Morris the opportunity to play full-time at first base in 2014, barring a first base crisis in Milwaukee.
Golson appears to be a fourth outfielder option for the Sounds in 2014 with a possibility for spot starts in all three positions. He played 767 of his 1,012 career games in center field.