30 year old Wes Helms was signed by the Phillies to take over at 3B for them. Helms had an awesome season for the Florida Marlins last year. Helms played in 140 games (240 at bats) and he hit .329 with 10 homers, 47 RBIs and a .965 OPS! I don’t think Helms’ numbers were a fluke because he hit .323 vs. Righties and .336 against Lefties. Helms showed pretty good range for the Marlins in 24 games at third base and made only 2 errors. Helms has the look of a late bloomer and he should love his new home ballpark after playing in the gigantic Dolphins’ Stadium last year.
31 year old Abraham O. Nunez will be Helms’ back up at third base this season. He played in 74 games at third last season for the Phillies and he made 8 errors and showed slightly below average range. Look for him to play better defense this season.
28 year old lefty swinging Greg Dobbs has been brought in by the Phillies to compete for a bench job. Dobbs played in 99 games in AAA ball for the Mariners and he hit .314 with 9 homers, 55 RBIs and a .826 OPS last season. He also came up for a cup of coffee with the Mariners and hit .370 with a .948 OPS in 23 games. Dobbs only played in 2 games at 3B in the majors last season and he didn’t make an error. Dobbs has a solid chance to stick with the Phillies this season as he looks like a decent pinch hitter.