Phillies see potential in Pierre at hot corner

Phillies see potential in Pierre at hot corner

ATLANTA -- Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. hopes to see more improvement from recently acquired Double-A third baseman Gustavo Pierre. The Phillies got him Sunday from Toronto for outfielder John Mayberry Jr., who was not going to return next season.

"We felt like we're covered in the outfield as far as what we have right now and what we might have coming," Amaro said. "Frankly, we felt like this was the right thing to do for him and for us."

Pierre, 22, had just been promoted from Class A Advanced Dunedin to Double-A New Hampshire. He hit .263 with 23 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 40 RBIs and a .675 OPS in 407 plate appearances with Dunedin. But Pierre also has struck out 240 times and walked just 17 times over the past two seasons.

Pierre has been assigned to Double-A Reading.

"We've actually seen a lot of him this year, and our player development people and our scouts have seen a lot of improvement in him," Amaro said. "He's got the defensive tool and the power tool. He strikes out a lot and he doesn't walk a lot. We'll see what we get out of him."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.