The Philadelphia Philles are expecting big numbers out of Raul Ibanez in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 7 March 2010 at 2:23 pm

37-year old lefty swinging Raul Ibanez really swung the bat well last season for the Phillies and they expect that to continue in 2010. Ibanez played in 134 games for the Phillies last season and he was 136 of 500 (.272 avg, .899 OPS) with 93 runs scored, 34 homers and 93 RBIs. Ibanez only made 2 errors in 129 games in left field for the Phillies last season but he showed below average range. Ibanez did show off a good throwing arm last season as he had 9 assists from LF. Ibanez will be a big asset to the Philles in 2010.

28-year old righty swinging Ben Francisco will be the 4th outfielder for the Phillies in 2010 and he can handle all three spots defensively. Francisco played in 37 games for the Phillies last season and he was 27 of 97 (.278 avg, .843 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 5 homers and 13 RBIs. He played in 126 games overall last season for the Phillies & Indians in which he was 104 of 405 (.257 avg, .779 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 15 homers, 46 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Francisco played in 61 games in LF last season and he made 1 error while showing outstanding range. Look for Francisco to get a lot of action as a defensive replacement in LF in 2010.

33-year old lefty swinging Ross Gload could also play some LF in 2010 for the Phillies. He played in 125 games for the Marlins last season and he was 60 of 230 (.261 avg, .729 OPS) with 33 run scored, 6 homers and 30 RBIs. Gload will get most of his at bats as a pinch hitter this season where he will really help the Phillies in 2010. Gload played in 1 error-free game in LF for the Marlins last season.

26-year old switch hitting John Mayberry will be in spring training trying to win a bench job. He played in 26 error-free games in LF for the Phillies last season and he showed outstanding range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE LF IN 2010: B

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