By Kevin K
John Mayberry Jr. entered Training Camp without even being considered by fans as competition for the Right Field Position. The names you heard heading into Spring Training were Ben Francisco, Domonic Brown, and Ross Gload.
Mayberry continues to impress the team, press, and fans in his pursue of a big league roster spot. His right handed bat is hot in Clearwater right now as he is batting .353, with three doubles, four home runs, and nine RBI.
Mayberry can not only play RF, but has played first base for the Phillies in Clearwater (he played first base in college). Mayberry has a solid glove at first and can track down balls in right to give him a double threat in the field.
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"I think it definitely makes you hungry when you're able to experience big-league life and how fun it is at the big-league level," Mayberry said. "I guess it definitely increases your drive and makes you want to work that much harder so you can try to be a mainstay the next time you get up there."
Charlie Manuel has noticed saying, "He works out harder. He's in better shape. He's got a stronger core over the last two years and he's improved his hitting as far as his approach, his stance, and he's stronger. He takes a stronger swing at the ball."
"He puts in real good at-bats on lefties, but he still has to hit righties better," Manuel said. "But you can platoon guys. You can get at-bats that way."
Right now, Mayberry is hitting well against every pitcher he sees, and it's pleasing his manager.
"I look at him as a guy who is similar to Jayson Werth," Manuel said. "The better he does - who knows? - he might end up being a regular."
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