Well, multiple outlets report that Golson was just acquired by the Yankees in exchange for Mitch Hilligoss. Hilligoss’ hitting streak in 2007 garnered national attention, but after two sub-par seasons at High-A Tampa, Yankees officials must have concluded that he was developing far too slowly for their liking.
Golson came into Trenton as a member of the Reading Phillies in both 2007 and 2008. He entered the 2007 season as the Phillies 10th best prospect according to Baseball America. In 2008, he was ranked 7th.
An athletic, speedy outfielder with little power to speak of, he was traded to Texas after the 2008 season for John Mayberry, Jr. He entered the 2009 season as Texas’ 26th best prospect. They labeled him a “slow developing first round experiment.”
He went from playing in the Futures Game to becoming a very, very fringy big leaguer. As such, he’s likely slated for Triple-A Scranton, where he’ll have to play his way into a call-up. He’d pretty much have to blow the doors off the Yankees officials if he were to have any chance of cracking the Opening Day roster.
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