For some time, Jaramillo was the best catching prospect in the organization. Now, he and Marson are ranked one and two, with some putting Jaramillo ahead and others putting Marson ahead. With each passing day, Marson picks up more and more supporters, but both are deserving of consideration.
|Jason Jaramillo started slowly, but has put up impressive numbers since May 1st. He could at least give the Phillies an emergency catcher for the stretch run if the Phillies decide to give him his first stint in the majors. (Photo: Philly Baseball News)|
As for Marson, another season in the minors wouldn't hurt him, but neither would a September audition. Unlike Jaramillo, Marson is not on the 40 man roster, so there would have to be a move made to fit him in, but that's doable. Also unlike Jaramillo, Marson has been strong since Opening Day with just a stumble in June when he hit .259 for Double-A Reading. Overall, he's hitting .317 with a .435 on-base percentage thanks in part to the fact that he's struck out just four more times than he's walked this season (69 K, 65 BB).
While his offense is impressive, the most impressive showing by Marson in Double-A came when he wasn't even in the country. Marson was a member of the bronze medal winning Team USA that just returned from the Olympics and his presence was greatly missed while he was in Beijing. Prior to his leaving, Reading pitchers had a 4.93 ERA on the season and then proceeded to post a 6.24 ERA while Marson was away from the club.
The final option would be to recall both catchers and let them get an early jump on the inevitable competition that should be going on in camp next Spring - barring any trades, of course - that could have Jaramillo and Marson fighting for the starting job in Philly with Carlos Ruiz. If the Phillies decide to recall just one catcher this September, Jaramillo should be the pick. If he's not, the Phillies would send a clear signal both to Jaramillo and to other teams that Jaramillo's spot on the depth chart - and thus, a chunk of Jaramillo's trade value - has officially been taken over by Marson.
Odds that only Jaramillo will be recalled: 65%
Odds that only Marson will join the Phillies: 25%
Odds that Jaramillo and Marson will join the Phillies: 10%