Welcome to the Lou Marson Era

Lou MarsonBefore the start of the regular season, the Phillies traded one of their three MLB catchers, meaning that prospect Lou Marson was just an injury away from the big leagues.

After catching a pop-up in which he strained his ribcage yesterday, Carlos Ruiz may be headed to the DL [UPDATE, Zolecki: Ruiz to DL] and as such, Marson was a very late scratch from the lineup in last night’s AAA game. Yep, Lou Marson is headed to Colorado to join the Phillies.

If Marson performs well, he may force Ruben Amaro to make a trade — almost guaranteed to involve Chris Coste — at the July 31 deadline, assuming Ruiz regains his health.

How optimistic were the pre-season projections?

Lou Marson 2009 OPS Projections

The Phillies got a collective .694 OPS out of their catchers last year; .629 from Ruiz and .748 from Coste. Assuming Marson is at least as good defensively as Ruiz and Coste (which shouldn’t be hard), and assuming Marson lives up to what most of the projections foresee, the Phillies are actually upgrading at catcher.

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