31-year old righty swinging Pat Burrell is back as the starting LF for the Phillies. He played in 155 games last season for the Phillies and he was 121 for 472 (.256 avg, .902 OPS) with 77 runs scored, 30 homers and 97 RBIs. He’s not the best defender around as he made 10 errors in 138 games in LF while showing poor range. Look for Burrell to have another good season in 2008 for the Phillies.
So Taguchi will be the top backup in LF this season for the Phillies. He played in 41 games in LF last season for the Cardinals and he made 2 errors while showing off outstanding range. Jayson Werth also played outstanding in 37 games in left field last season for the Phillies. He didn’t make any errors while showing off outstanding range.
26-year old lefty swinging Chris Snelling could also get some P.T. in left field this season. He played in 30 games for the Nationals & A’s last season and he was 17 for 69 (.246 avg, .728 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 1 homer and 7 RBIs. He didn’t make any errors in 21 games in LF last season while showing slightly above average range.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2008 SEASON: B