Jason Donald and Lou Marson are two highly touted prospects in the Philadelphia Phillies Farm System. Before they make it to two the big leagues these two players will be taking a detour to Beijing, China where they will be suiting up for USA Baseball in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
Donald, a shortstop, and Marson, a catcher, were selected to the 24-man roster earlier this week along with South Philly’s own Mike Koplove, a relief pitcher currently in the Los Angeles Dodgers Farm System. Donald, a Phillies third round selection in the 2006 draft, us hitting .301, 12 home runs and 47 RBI for Reading.
During a Wednesday afternoon USA Baseball teleconference call, U.S. Olympic Team Manager Davey Johnson described Donald as a “great looking shortstop.”
“I like his makeup,” Johnson said. “He was way up on our list to begin with and once I got the chance to get to know him a little bit, I liked him even better.”
Marson, the Phillies fourth round pick in 2004, is batting .321 with 16 doubles and 45 RBI for Reading.
” His numbers are outstanding for a catcher, great offensive catcher and I got reports that said everything about him is good,” Johnson said.