All-‘Riders Team: Right Field
2012 marks the RoughRiders’ 10th season as a franchise, all as the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate. Since 2003, there have been hundreds of talented players come through Dr Pepper Ballpark, but some have stood out more than others. With the help of Michael Damman, the RoughRiders’ Director of Statistical Research, we’ve come up with the All-’Riders Team: the best player at each position in franchise history. Today we continue with the RoughRiders all-time best right fielder
After being taken with the 19th overall pick of the 2005 draft out of Stanford, John Mayberry Jr. made his full season minor league debut in 2006 with the class-A Clinton Lumberkings. Mayberry hit .268 with 51 extra base hits and 77 RBI in 126 games. Mayberry moved up to the class-A advanced, Bakersfield Blaze, in 2007 where he hit .230 with 32 extra base hits in 63 games.
Mayberry was promoted then to Frisco, where he finished the season with a .241 average and 24 extra base hits in 69 games. In his first game with Frisco, Mayberry went 1 for 4 with a double and RBI. With Frisco, Mayberry batted .293 with runners in scoring position and .318 with runners in scoring position and 2 outs.
The 6 foot 6, 225 pound outfielder spent 21 games in Frisco to open up the 2008 season before being promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City. He finished the minor league season by hitting a cumulative .264 with 38 doubles, 7 triples, and 20 home runs. Mayberry drove in 71 runs and scored 65.
Mayberry was traded during the offseason to the Philadelphia Phillies for outfielder Greg Golson. Mayberry spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Phillies’ Triple-A club, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
On May 23, 2009, John made his major league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies. He went 2 for 3 with a double, home run, and 3 RBI in a 5-4 loss to the New York Yankees. Mayberry has been used mostly as a backup outfielder and platoon corner outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies to date. For his major league career, Mayberry is a .294 career hitter with an .890 OPS against left handed pitching. Last season he had a career high 296 plate appearances. He hit .273 with 33 extra base hits and 49 RBI for the 102 win Philadelphia Phillies.
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