Par Burrell is the main power source in Phils outfield

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 3 March 2007 at 11:53 pm

30 year old Pat Burrell will be the starting LF for the Phillies again this season.  Last season he played in 144 games and he hit .258 with 80 runs scored, 29 homers, 95 RBIs and a .890 OPS.  Burrell is not a good defensive LF as he made 3 errors in 126 games there last season and he didn’t show much range.  He will often be pulled for a defensive replacement in 2007.  Look for Burrell to have another average year for him this season which would be a .250-.260 batting average, 72 runs scored, 27 homers and 92 RBIs.  That’s what he’s averaged in his 7 major league seasons.  He will never hit for a high batting average because he whiffs too much, but, he’s still a good overall baseball player.

28 year old Chris Roberson will try to win a back up job in the Phillies outfield this season.  He often was used as a defensive replacement for Burrell last season as he played 30 games in LF and didn’t make an error.  He didn’t show a lot of range out there though.  Roberson played in 74 games in AAA ball last season and he hit .292 with 44 runs scored, 1 homer, 17 RBIs, 25 stolen bases and a .716 OPS.  In 57 games for the Phillies he hit .195 with 9 runs scored, 3 stolen bases and a .458 OPS.

It’s also possible that Karim Garcia or Jason Werth could get some PT in LF this season.  Both are better hitters than Roberson, but, neither is a good defender.

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