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07:30 AM ET 12.26 | The future, fans in the City of Brotherly Love can hope, is bright. The development of another Phillies prospect brought Aaron Altherr to his parents' house in suburban Phoenix this past fall. The 22-year-old outfielder is 6-foot-5, glides to the ball, and looks like a future major-leaguer. ... Altherr embodies an organizational philosophy. The Phillies value athleticism in their position players, almost to a fault. They prospered with patience for Domonic Brown. But they have failed to develop another everyday player since Michael Bourn was picked in 2003. The next potential wave of outfielders will play at double-A Reading in 2014. Altherr will be there, probably in center, with Kelly Dugan and Zach Collier in the corners. All three are "high-ceiling" talents with uncertain futures.

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December 26, 2013  09:18 AM ET

.... an organizational philosophy. The Phillies value athleticism in their position players, almost to a fault.

Now, if this is accurate, how do you explain Ryan Howard?

 
December 27, 2013  10:39 PM ET

Position Players only to a fault? Have they checked out their Guy Playing First Base?

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