27-year old switch hitting Shane Victorino has shifted to CF from RF for the 2008 season. He will replace Aaron Rowand who was outstanding last season. Victorino played in 131 games for the Phillies last season and he was 128 for 456 (.281 avg, .770 OPS) with 78 runs scored, 12 homers, 46 RBIs and 37 stolen bases. He played in 114 games in RF for the Phillies last season and he made 3 errors while showing above average range. He also has a strong throwing arm as he had 10 assists last season. Victorino will do a good job in CF for the Phillies this season.
38-year old righty swinging So Taguchi will be the Phillies top backup in CF this season. He played in 130 games for the Cardinals last season and he was 89 for 307 (.290 avg, .718 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 3 homers, 30 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Taguchi is also a solid defender as he only made 1 error in 63 games in CF while showing above average range.
26-year old lefty swinging Brandon Watson will likely start the season in the minors but he could get a call from the Phillies at some point. Watson played in 5 games for the Nationals last season and he was 5 for 18 (.278 avg, .649 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He also played in 103 games in AAA ball last season and he was 125 for 399 (.313 avg, .733 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 2 homers, 29 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: C+