Via mlb.com –
The Yankees added to their outfield depth Tuesday, acquiring Greg Golson in a trade with the Texas Rangers.
New York, which gave up Minor League infielder Mitch Hilligoss in the deal, receives a 24-year-old who batted .258 with 40 RBIs in 123 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2009. Golson, who had 27 extra-base hits last year, is a .263 career hitter in the Minors with 48 homers and 265 RBIs in 634 combined games in the Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies organizations.
Golson, a first-round pick by the Phillies in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, has made it to the Major Leagues for seven games — six with Philadelphia in ’08 and one with the Rangers last year. He is 0-for-7 with two runs scored in the big leagues.
Prior to the 2009 season, Baseball America magazine named Golson “Best Athlete,” “Fastest Baserunner” and “Best Outfield Arm” in the Texas organization. The acquisition of Golson puts the Yankees’ 40-man roster at 39.
Here’s a report on Golson from a year ago – when the Rangers picked him up – via Baseball America:
With the deadline to add players to the 40-man roster staring them in the face Thursday, the Phillies and Rangers arrived at an inspired decision as they contemplated the organizational futures of Greg Golson and John Mayberry Jr., their toolsy but slow-moving outfielders. They traded their prospects straight-up for one another.
Philadelphia sent Golson, its first-round pick (21st overall) in 2004, to Texas for Mayberry, the Rangers’ first-rounder (19th overall) in 2005. Both players are on their new clubs’ 40-man rosters, making them exempt from December’s Rule 5 draft.
Golson, 23, offers huge speed, arm strength and range in center field, but his hitting tools and pitch recognition remain unrefined. A product of Austin’s Connally High, he batted .282/.333/.434 for Double-A Reading in 2008, chipping in 13 home runs, 18 doubles and 23 stolen bases in 28 attempts. The righthanded batter struck out 130 times in 426 at-bats, a rate that was in line with career norms, while drawing 34 walks. Even with a low contact rate, Golson’s power plays as average, and Eastern League mangers named him the league’s most exciting player. He’s batted .265/.309/.406 in 2,101 minor league at-bats, and he went 0-fot-6 for the Phillies as a September callup.
Mitch Hilligoss is a long ways away from being useful at the major league level whereas Greg Golson could be a spare part off the bench at some point. Think “If Homer Bush was an outfielder.” Not a bad move by Cashman here…getting potentially something out of nothing.