29-year old lefty swinging Shane Victorino will be the starting CF for the Phillies in 2010. He is fun to watch as he loves to get his uniform dirty. Victorino played in 156 games for the Phillies last season and he was 181 of 620 (.292 avg, .803 OPS) with 102 runs scored, 10 homers, 62 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. Victorino played in 149 games for the Phillies in CF last season and he only made 1 error but he showed pretty poor range. He does have a good throwing arm as he had 8 assists last season. Look for Victorino to be a very valuable player for the Phillies once again in 2010.
28-year old righty swinging Ben Francisco will likely be Victorino’s top backup in 2010. Francisco didn’t make any errors in 40 games in CF last season while showing good range. Francisco showed off a cannon in CF last season as he had 6 assists there last season. If anything were to happen to Victorino where he had to miss a lot of time the Phillies are confident that there wouldn’t be a huge dropoff.
32-year old lefty swinging DeWayne Wise will try to make the Phillies in 2010. He played in 84 games for the White Sox last season and he was 32 of 142 (.225 avg, .628 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 2 homers, 11 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Wise only made 1 error in 35 games in CF last season and he showed outstanding range. Wise also had 2 assists from CF showing a decent throwing arm.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CF IN 2010: B