28-year old switch hitting Shane Victorino broke out for the Phillies last season in his first legit starting role. He played in 146 games for the Phillies last season and he was 167 for 570 (.293 avg, .799 OPS) with 102 runs scored, 14 homers, 58 RBIs and 36 stolen bases. He didn’t show much range in CF but he only made 2 errors there in 139 games for the Phillies. Look for another good season out of Victorino in 2009.
31-year old righty swinging Jason Ellison could be the backup in CF for the Phillies in 2009. He played in 9 games for the Rangers last season and he was 3 for 13 (.231 avg, .517 OPS) with 5 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Ellison also played in 120 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 114 for 477 (.239 avg, .647 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 2 homers, 45 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. He is a decent center fielder defensively.
25-year old righty swinging John Mayberry Jr. also might have a good chance of showing up in Philly some time in 2009. He played in 135 games in AA+AAA ball last season and he was 137 for 519 (.264 avg, .797 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 20 homers, 71 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: B