34-year old righty swinging Placido Polanco was signed during the winter to take over as the starting 3B for the Phillies in 2010. Polanco played in 153 games for the Tigers last season and he was 176 for 618 (.285 avg, .727 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 10 homers, 72 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Polanco will be a nice improvement offensively over Pedro Feliz for the Phillies in 2010. Polanco only made 2 errors in 151 games at 2B for the Tigers last season and he showed great range. He should be a asset for the Phillies defensively also in 2010.
31-year old lefty swinging Greg Dobbs will backup Polanco in 2010. Dobbs played in 97 games for the Phillies last season and he was 38 for 154 (.247 avg, .679 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 5 homers and 20 RBIs. The Phillies are hoping that Dobbs rebounds from last season and hits his career norms of a .271 batting average with a .741 OPS. Dobbs played in 16 error-free games at 3B for the Phillies last season while showing pretty good range.
37-year old righty swinging Juan Castro will also likely get some P.T. at 3B for the Phillies in 2010. He played in 8 games at 3B for the Dodgers last season and he didn’t make any errors there while showing good range.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 3B IN 2010: B