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Who Is Julsan Kamara? What We Know of the German Prospect the Phillies Signed

Who Is Julsan Kamara? What We Know of the German Prospect the Phillies Signed

About a week ago some of our favorite Phillies blogs had caught wind of a seemingly minor although very intriguing signing by the organization in Julsan Kamara. Details are still sparse however, as the front office hasn’t made too big a deal over the 17-year-old prospect from Germany.

The report originally surfaced from the European site Mister Baseball, which noted Kamara agreed to a seven-year minor league contract, and that he would enter the Phillies’ system full-time in the spring of 2014 after he graduates high school. The 6-4, 192-lb. right-hander has attended an MLB academy, participated in a home run derby at Marlins Park, and is a member of the German national team.

The Phillies have downplayed the possibility that they snagged one of the best prospects in Germany, a potential diamond in the rough. In fact, they’ve hardly commented on it at all from what we’ve seen. The Inquirer’s Mark Narducci managed to get a few words out of assistant general manager Benny Looper, which the scribe shared over the weekend.

"The ball comes off his bat well and we think there is potential power there," said Benny Looper, the Phillies assistant general manager, player personnel. "He has general athleticism and we are hoping that translates to a good baseball player."

"He hasn't played a lot and with a lot of international signings he needs to be taught how to play the game," Looper said. "He has good tools and we are looking forward to working with him."

As an aside, Looper sounds exactly like one of those scouts in the film adaptation of Moneyball.

Who is Julsan Kamara? It seems we don’t know, and likely won’t learn a ton more for years to come. He’s obviously a long way from ever contributing at the big-league level, and while the pure ability to play the game is probably there, there’s no telling how a kid that young will develop, particularly one who needs to be taught.

It’s a story we’ve been tracking though, because it’s not every day the Phillies sign 17-year-old prospects from Germany who possess plus-power and speed. The organization is scouring the earth to find talent though, and we’ll be waiting to see if Kumara’s name pops up somewhere down the road, or disappears as quietly as it appeared on to the scene.

>> Phillies find gem in German high school [Inq]

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Eagles add to depleted secondary by claiming safety from Buffalo

It shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but the Eagles have added a safety to their roster.

They claimed Trae Elston off waivers from the Buffalo Bills Wednesday, a day after the Bills released him.

The Eagles were in desperate need of some depth at safety after hamstring injuries have ripped apart their secondary. Rodney McLeod, Corey Graham and Jaylen Watkins all missed Wednesday's practice with hamstring injuries and are in danger of sitting this Sunday against the Giants. Cornerback Ronald Darby (ankle) will also still be out for a few more weeks.

The Eagles had just two safeties healthy Wednesday: Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Maragos.

It won't be easy for Elston to come in and pick up the defense in time to play. Jenkins said if the team brought in a new player, that guy would probably be used more in a special teams role or in an emergency situation. The Eagles also have linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, who can play safety, and Jenkins thinks the Eagles' cornerbacks have the ability to slide back too.

Elston, 23, went undrafted out of Ole Miss last year. He has bounced around from the Saints to the Bucs to the Browns and then to the Bills. He spent all of training camp with the Bills and made their initial roster out of training camp before getting waived on Tuesday.

Since the Eagles had just 52 players as of Wednesday, they won't need to make a corresponding roster move. They got down to 52 last Friday when they placed rookie running back Donnel Pumphrey on IR.