Tomorrow Can't Come Soon Enough
One big reason the major league club continues to fritter about with their third base situation is plus-prospect Mike Costanzo, the Phils' top pick in the 2005 draft. Costanzo is the answer to the dryspell at the hot corner since Scott Rolen left town and the franchise is more than willing to fast track him, thinking he will be the franchise's next Mike Schmidt, as opposed to the next Rick Schu.
Costanzo made his pro debut last season at short-season Batavia. He got off to a slow start, but finished hitting .330 during the final month. He wound up batting .274, with 11 home runs and 50 RBI in 73 games.
However, he wasn’t happy with his overall performance. He committed 21 errors and led the New York-Penn League in strikeouts with 89.
At 6-3, 215lbs, the 22-year-old has got nice size and power for both the hot corner and the middle of the lineup, most likely Pat Burrell's spot in 2-3 years. More than that, Coatanzo is the Anti-Burrell a Philly native with the fire of Pete Rose as opposed to the laisse-faire attitude of a west coast prickly pair.
But time will tell. Coatanzo is still slated to start off in high single A ball.