Golson's Maturity Will Take Him Far

At just 20 years of age, Greg Golson shows a maturity well past his years both on and off the field. The young outfield prospect learns from the past, but doesn't look back. Instead, he focuses on just being better in the future.

Generally, when you tell a player where they fell in the annual prospect rankings of players in the Phillies organization, you hear a response like, 'oh, that's pretty good'. Sometimes, you sense disappointment or a feeling that they should be ranked higher than that. Other times, they ask who they're behind or ahead of.

Not Greg Golson.

When Golson was told that he was picked as the third best prospect in the organization in the PhillyBaseballNews.com rankings of the top 50 players, his response was unexpected. "Okay," he said. Then he went on to explain. "No offense, but I don't worry much about rankings. That's what I've done in the past and I worry about what's ahead." Golson focuses on what's next and how he can do it better than he's done things before.

"I always think that I could have done better," explained Golson, who has hit a combined .274 in his first two pro seasons. In all honesty, his 2005 season probably could have been better; at least many thought that it would be better than the .264 average that he put up at Lakewood.

Since he's always looking ahead, what does Greg Golson want to work on for 2006? "I need to be more consistent at the plate and cut down on swinging at bad pitches," said the Phillies first round pick in 2004. He's exactly right. Strikeouts - 106 of them in 2005 - were the ugly part of his game, but the rest was solid. After all, Golson's a guy who can pretty much do it all. Some describe him as even more than a five-tool player, which is generally the best compliment you can give a player. To many, Golson has a sixth tool. Maturity.

Golson does not sound like the typical 20 year old. Most are either enamored with what they've accomplished and where they're at or still too timid to enjoy what they've accomplished and where they're at. With Golson, you get that sense of accomplishment and you get that he not only enjoys where he's at, but respects the position that he's in. It all comes across in a humble, but confident manner that makes you believe Golson is a kid who will do whatever he sets his mind to.

"It's been tough adjusting to playing everyday and getting used to the competition, but it's okay. I definitely made the right decision to sign instead of going to college," believes Golson, who could have been playing at the University of Texas if he hadn't signed with the Phillies.. "The University of Texas would have been great, they're a super team and very successful, but I have learned so much and grown so much that I wouldn't change anything I've done."

Once again, the maturity comes through when Golson is asked about how quickly he sees himself being a major leaguer. "I don't have any set goals on when I'll get there. I have a lot of work to do and a lot can happen. I'm just focusing on getting better."

Golson will probably get a promotion to Clearwater, but like arriving in the majors, he's not worried about where he plays. "I'm hoping to move up (to Clearwater), but I just need to perform wherever I am."

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