Brewers Sign OF Greg Golson To Minor League Contract


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The Milwaukee Brewers have signed outfielder Greg Golson to a minor league contract. A first round pick with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2004, Golson spent last season with the farm systems of  Colorado and Atlanta.

Golson, 27, has played in 40 big league games over four MLB seasons and has a career average of .195. He last appeared in the majors in 2011 with the New York Yankees. He’s a career .264 hitter and has stolen 199 bases across nine minor league seasons.

When the Phillies drafted him, he was considered to be the most talented high school player in the draft. During his senior year of high school, he hit .487 with 20 stolen bases and 32 runs scored. Golson spurned a scholarship from the University of Texas to sign with Philadelphia.

In 2008, he was traded to the Texas Rangers in exchange for John Mayberry Jr. He was named the best athlete, fastest baserunner and best outfield arm in the Rangers organization in 2009.

Golson is capable of playing all three outfield positions, but with the multitude of outfielders the Brewers already have, he’ll need one heck of a spring to make the team. And even that may not be enough.