Shane Victorino could get his big shot in RF for the Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 9 March 2007 at 2:23 pm

26 year old switch hitter Shane Victorino is in line to be the Phillies starting RF this season.  He played in 153 games last season and he hit .287 with 70 runs scored, 6 homers, 46 RBIs and a .760 OPS.  He played in 21 games in RF and he didn’t make an error while showing outstanding range.  Look for Victorino to have a good season, but he will not hit for the power that most teams like from their corner outfielders.  Still, if he hits .280-.290 and plays good defense that will be enough for the Phillies.

27 year old Jayson Werth will compete for a reserve job on the Phillies.  He missed all of last season due to injury but he’s looking like he’s in pretty good shape in Spring Training.  He last played in the majors in 2005 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  In 2005 he played in 102 games and he hit .234 with 7 homers, 43 RBIs and a .712 OPS.  Over his career, Werth has played in 232 major league games and he has a .245 batting average with 25 homers, 106 RBIs and a .753 OPS.  Werth is an average defender.  He has his work cut out for him to make the Phillies, but, if Rowand gets traded for pitching he could wind up in a platoon with Karim Garcia in RF with Victorino moving to CF.

31 year old lefty swinging Karim Garcia is also in camp trying to win a bench spot.  He played the last two seasons for the Orix Buffaloes of the Japanese League.  In 191 games in the two seasons there, Garcia hit .281 with 34 homers, 97 RBIs and a .804 OPS.  He was last seen in the majors in 2004 when he split time with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees.  He played in 85 games in 2004 and hit .229 with 10 homers and 33 RBIs.  Garcia will only go as far as his left handed power stick can take him because he’s a below average defender.


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