Isaacson Looks to Start Phils Career Quickly

Greg Isaacson isn't wasting any time starting his professional career. Just one week after the amateur draft, Isaacson reported to the class A Lakewood BlueClaws where he will start his Phillies career. The Phillies are hoping to get as many of their drafted players signed quickly and are closing in on signing first round pick Greg Golson.

The Phillies quickly signed and assigned second baseman Greg Isaacson. One week after the Phillies took Isaacson with their last pick of the first day of the draft, Isaacson joined the Lakewood BlueClaws. The University of Washington product was available to play Monday night, but didn't get the chance to make his professional debut.

The Phillies selected Isaacson in the 18th round of last week's amateur draft following his four-year playing career at the University of Washington.

Isaacson finished the 2004 season with a batting average of .304, six home runs and 44 runs batted in. The three-year starter led the Pac-10 with 22 stolen bases during the regular season and hit safely in 40 out of the 54 games he started, including a walk-off homerun to beat Arizona in the tenth inning on April 25.

The Aberdeen, WA native was one of five players drafted from a Huskies team that finished the 2004 season at 39-20-1 and was knocked out of the NCAA Regionals by Tulane on June 6.

Isaacson is seen as somewhat of a replacement for last year's third round pick Tim Moss. After a disappointing debut season in 2003, Moss has missed most of this season with an injury and has played in just 24 games for Lakewood. Nick Italiano has been getting most of the playing time at second base for Lakewood and is hitting 0-9-.266 on the season. Omar Bramasco and Marc Tugwell have also filled in at second base, but Tugwell just had surgery on his wrist and the Phillies aren't sure when to expect him back in the lineup.

Meanwhile, the Phillies are hoping to sign first round pick Greg Golson before too long. Minnesota's signing of Trevor Plouffe, who was picked one spot ahead of Golson seems to have set the bar. Plouffe signed for $1.5 million, which is right around the number that was expected. The Phillies are believed to have offered Golson in the neighborhood of $1.4 million.

Golson, out of John Connally High School in Austin, Texas, is seen as a five-tool type of outfielder.

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