Phillies fans are used to the name Daulton, but not used to the name Dalton. Brett Dalton, who the Phillies drafted in the 26th round this past June, is nothing like his somewhat namesake Darren Daulton.
This Dalton is a smaller version of a player with less pop in his bat. It's also likely that he won't hit for the averages that Dalton did during his career in Philadelphia. It's also possible that Brett Dalton won't see the everyday playing time that Darren Daulton did with the Phillies of the early 90s. Brett Dalton is a second baseman by trade, but he worked to learn third base during his time at Batavia this summer. It's not likely that he'll see a lot of time at third since Mike Costanzo is the Phillies third baseman of the future and was drafted 24 rounds ahead of Dalton.
Dalton put up improved numbers in his senior season at UC-Irving, hitting about a hundred points higher than in either of his two previous seasons. He lacks any sense of power, hitting just one homerun in his college career and not adding to that total in his first pro season. During his stint at Batavia, Dalton struggled adjusting to using a wood bat and was overmatched at times by the improvement in pitching that he was facing. His inaugural pro season ended with his average at .229 in 36 games. He showed a little more patience and discipline at the plate, drawing 20 walks after drawing 26 walks for his last two college seasons combined. For his lack of power, Dalton still strikes out a little more than he should and he'll need to work on simply putting the ball in play and looking to make things happen from there.
For now, it appears that Dalton will likely be a utility type infielder looking for playing time wherever he can get it. His transition to third base went pretty smoothly and he seems to have enough athleticism to play anywhere on the infield without much of a problem. Dalton made just six errors this season and showed decent enough range.
As for speed, Dalton has decent enough speed, although he's not going to tear up the basepaths. He stole just one base at Batavia, but swiped as many as 11 at UC-Irvine. Dalton at least has a good sense of when and how to use his speed. His stolen base success rate was god in college (82%) and he has a good instinct on when he can take the extra base on the bases.
The bottom line is that Brett Dalton has a lot of work to do and won't show up on lists of the top prospects in the organization. The good news is that he has a good work ethic and will do what he can to make himself more valuable. There's always room for a versatile utility infielder or two in the organization and at the major league level. After all, guys like Tomas Perez have made a career out of perfecting the role and there's no obvious sign that Dalton couldn't become the kind of player who can fit that mold down the road.
Brett Dalton's 2005 Batavia Statistics