Jimmy Rollins just coming into his prime for the Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 27 February 2007 at 12:04 am

28 year old switch hitting Jimmy Rollins had perhaps his best season ever in the majors last year.  Rollins played in 158 games and hit .277 with 127 runs scored, 45 doubles, 9 triples, 25 homers, 83 RBIs, 36 steals and a .811 OPS!  Those are awesome numbers for a shortstop!  Rollins only made 11 errors in 157 games at shortstop, but his range was below average.  If Rollins can just get to more balls in the field he would be a good defender.  Look for Rollins to have another dominant season hitting in front of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.  Rollins pretty much has called out the Mets, saying that their pitching is old and that the Phillies will win the division.  Only time will tell if Rollins is right or wrong, but I tend to agree with him.

31 year old switch hitting Abraham O. Nunez will be the back up shortstop after blowing his big chance to be a starting player last season.  Nunez played in 123 games last season for the Phillies and he only hit .211 with 2 homers, 32 RBIs and a .577 OPS.  Nunez only played 3 games at shortstop last season and he didn’t make an error.  Look for Nunez to have a better season than he did last year….but that won’t take much.

Danny Sandoval is a switch hitter that will be 28 soon after the season begins.  He is a long shot to make the Phillies out of Spring Training this year.  He played 28 games for the Phillies and hit only .211 with a .516 OPS.  Sandoval played in 99 games in AA+AAA ball for the Phils and he hit .259 with 2 homers and 41 RBIs.  He will likely begin the season in AAA and be the first infielder called up if the Phillies need one.

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