A minor league standout you'll be hearing about soon
Though it's been a lost season for the Phillies, who could have reached into their farm system to inject some energy into a lifeless team, they instead held firm to their decision to give prized outfield prospect Marlon Byrd a full year in Triple A. At week's end their patience appeared to have paid off. Byrd, who turns 25 on Aug. 30, was hitting .294 with 12 home runs, 59 RBIs, 37 doubles and 14 stolen bases for Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre. If there isn't a strike, he'll be called up in September, and it's a good bet that Byrd will be the Phillies' Opening Day centerfielder in 2003. Says one NL scout, "He's a five-tool guy who reminds me of a young Scott Rolen."