33-year old righty swinging Pedro Feliz had a bad back last season that hampered his play on the field. The Phillies are hoping that he’ll stay healthy in 2009. Feliz played in 133 games for the Phillies last season and he was 106 for 425 (.249 avg, .704 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 14 homers and 58 RBIs. Feliz’ best skill set is his defense as he only made 8 errors in 129 games at 3B for the Phillies while showing good range.
30-year old lefty swinging Greg Dobbs is the top backup at 3B for the Phillies. He played in 128 games for the Phillies last season in which he was 68 for 226 (.301 avg, .824 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 9 homers, 40 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He only made 3 errors in 52 games at 3B last season while showing pretty good range.
The Phillies have been prepping their #4 rated prospect, 24-year old righty swinging Jason Donald for 3B in case Feliz isn’t ready to go on Opening Day. He played in 92 games in AAA-ball last season in which he was 111 for 362 (.307 avg, .888 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 14 homers, 54 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Donald is a natural shortstop so he would likely be able to handle 3B easily.
Veterans Miguel Cairo and Pablo Ozuna both also could help out at 3B off the bench. Cairo played 19 games there for the Mariners last season and he only made 1 error while showing pretty good range. Ozuna played in 17 games at 3B last season and he made 4 errors while showing pretty good range.
The biggest wild card for the Phillies at 3B could be 29-year old righty swinging Terry Tiffee. Tiffee played in 6 games for the Dodgers last season and he was 1 for 4 (.250 avg). Tiffee had a breakout season in AAA for himself playing in 93 games and going 148 for 392 (.378 avg, .977 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 9 homers and 69 RBIs.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: C