Phillies Profile – John Mayberry, Jr.

In Philadelphia Phillies on March 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Over the next 28 days Philly Pressbox ( (@phillypressbox) will be doing a review and analysis of each Phillies player, Manager Charlie Manuel and the coaching staff leading up to Opening Day 2012.  On Day 13 we preview, John Mayberry, Jr.

John Mayberry, Jr. – It appears that Mayberry will be given every opportunity to be the full time left fielder in 2012, replacing Raul Ibanez. The 28-year-old was a 1st round draft choice in 2005 of the Texas Rangers. He never made it to the major leagues with Texas. He was traded to the Phillies on November 20, 2008. He finally made his big league debut on May 23, 2009.  He bounced back and forth from the major leagues to the minor leagues during 2009 and 2010, totaling 69 at bats in 50 games. In 2011, John finally got an opportunity to play more regularly in the big leagues and he took advantage of it. Mayberry turned his 104 games and 267 at bats in to a season with a .273 batting average with 15 home runs, 49 runs batted in and 8 stolen bases. Based on those numbers, the Phillies appear willing to hand the left field keys over to Mayberry, unless he ends up playing 1st base while Ryan Howard is on the disabled list. The bottom line is that Mayberry has to produce. The backup plan will be a platoon situation with a fourth outfielder trying to make the team, possibly Juan Pierre or Laynce Nix or a different combination at 1st base. Last season, Mayberry hit .250 with 7 HR’s against right handed pitchers and .306 with 8 HR’s against lefties. Statistically, Mayberry only has 336 career at bats on his resume.

Personal Analysis:

The Phillies need Mayberry to expand on last season’s numbers and become the full time leftfielder, and part time 1st  baseman that can provide consistent power in the middle of the lineup. With Howard expected to be on the disabled list until at least early June, it is likely that Hunter Pence will hit in the cleanup spot and Mayberry in the 5th spot, if he can produce. It will be critical for Mayberry to get off to a good start. There won’t be a lot of time to move Mayberry in and out of the lineup due to lack of production so he’ll need to settle in quickly and be the player the Phils think that he can be.

Tomorrow we will preview Shane Victorino

The series: Day 1, Charlie Manuel. Day 2, The Coaching Staff. Day 3, Roy Halladay. Day 4, Cliff Lee. Day 5, Cole Hamels. Day 6, Vance Worley. Day 7, Joe Blanton. Day 8, Carlos “Chooch” Ruiz. Day 9, Ryan Howard. Day 10, Chase Utley. Day 11, Jimmy Rollins. Day 12, Placido Polanco.

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  1. I liked him since I first saw him play, He is going to have a huge year!

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