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12/05/08 2:57 PM EST
Donald one of AFL's top prospects
With Phils' injuries, infielder could earn playing time with big club
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Jason Donald has a bronze medal from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and the distinction of being one of the Phillies' top prospects. Now, the former third-round Draft pick out of the University of Arizona can add another honor, as he was named to the Arizona Fall League's Top Prospect team. The infielder batted .407 (one of only four hitters in the league to do that) and had a .747 slugging percentage. He also finished second in the league in doubles (12) playing for the Mesa Solar Sox. With continued success, Donald has played his way onto the Phillies' radar, and he could fit in as a replacement should either Chase Utley (right hip surgery, Nov. 24) or Pedro Feliz (back surgery, Nov. 20) need more time to prepare for the season. On that front, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Utley "has done quite well. We're real pleased with how things have progressed with Chase in the short time that he has started his rehab." Utley, who still could take four to six months for a full recovery, is expected to begin baseball activities in three months. Feliz is rehabbing at his home near San Francisco and should be fine for the season, according to Amaro. In other news, Philadelphia hired former Major League coach Craig Colbert as its Major League advance scout. The 43-year-old spent the previous 11 years in the San Diego Padres organization, the last two as the bench coach under manager Bud Black. Colbert also compiled a record of 522-463 as a Minor League manager for seven years. He appeared in 72 games for the Giants in 1992-93 as a catcher. Colbert replaces Hank King, who is now a pro scout for the Phillies.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.