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Top Prospect #19: Francisco Butto

Top Prospect #19: Francisco Butto

Even though he was found to be two years older than originally thought, everything seemed to be on track for Francisco Butto. Then, he hit Clearwater in 2004 and struggled for the first time in his professional career. In 2005, Butto will look to continue to climb the ladder, but a "do-over" may be necessary and would further slow his climb toward the majors.

The Phillies have been patient with Francisco Butto, who they signed as an amateur free agent at the age of 19. Of course, they thought they were getting a 17 year old prospect, but closer scrutiny of his birth certificate showed he was two years older than he truly was. The Phillies might have pushed Butto earlier in his career and brought him to the states quicker rather than having him pitch... Recommended Stories

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