The Philadelphia Phillies need a healthy and productive Jimmy Rollins in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 26 February 2011 at 6:15 pm

32-year old switch hitting shortstop Jimmy Rollins was gimpy last season and it showed in his performance at both the plate and in the field. Rollins played in 88 games for the Phillies last season and he was 85 of 350 (.243 avg, .694 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 8 homers, 41 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. That was far off from his average year from 2001-2009 which was 104.4 runs scored, 16.2 homers, 68.4 RBIs and 34.8 stolen bases per season. Rollins is a career .272 hitter with a .764 OPS in his 11 years in the majors, so I look for him to have a good year with the bat in 2011 if he can just stay healthy. Rollins made 6 errors in 88 games at SS for the Phillies last season while showing poor range. I think that good health will help him return to being a decent defensive SS in 2011.

32-year old righty swinging Wilson Valdez will back up Rollins once again in 2011. He played in 59 games at SS last season for the Phillies in which he made 2 errors and showed good range. I think Valdez will do a good job of spotting Rollins at SS when he needs a breather in 2011.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE PHILLIES SS IN 2011: B

Chase Utley is ready to make up for lost time for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 15 February 2011 at 6:22 pm

32-year old lefty swinging Chase Utley had big time issues trying to stay healthy in 2010. He played in 115 games for the Phillies last season and he was 117 of 425 (.275 avg, .832 OPS) with 75 runs scored, 16 homers, 65 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. From 2005-2009, Utley averaged 110.6 runs scored, 29.2 homers and 101.4 RBIs per year and the Phillies expect Utley to get back to those levels in 2011. Utley is a good all-around player as he made 11 errors in 114 games at 2B while showing outstanding range. The Phillies will be a machine again offensively if Utley stays healthy in 2011.

32-year old righty swinging Wilson Valdez will be Utley’s backup again in 2011. Valdez played in 111 games for the Phillies last season and he was 86 of 333 (.258 avg, .667 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 4 homers, 35 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. He has never been much of a hitter in the majors, so the Phillies can’t hope for much more out of him than what he showed in 2011. Valdez is a SS by trade, but he only made 1 error in 42 games at 2B for the Phillies last season but he showed terrible range. The Phillies hope that they won’t need Valdez near as much as they used him in 2010.

28-year old switch hitting Delwyn Young didn’t make any errors in 10 games for the Pirates at 2B in 2010, but he showed pathetic range. Young is a decent hitter and he’s a solid pinch hitter who can play all over the field so he will have a good chance of winning a job on the Phillies’ bench this spring.

31-year old lefty swinging Pete Orr will be in spring training trying to win a bench job. Orr played in 137 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 129 of 489 (.264 avg, .761 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 12 homers, 45 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. Orr made 2 errors in 14 games at 2B last season in the minors. Orr has a career batting average of .260 with a .623 OPS in 347 games in his major league career. He is a decent pinch hitter and he’s versatile in the field.

28-year old righty swinging Josh Barfield was a solid player in his first two years in the majors but he has run into tough times as of late. Barfield played in 78 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 78 of 265 (.294 avg, .725 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 5 homers, 36 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Barfield made 3 errors in only 32 games at 2B last season in the minors but he has a good reputation as a defensive player. Barfield has a career batting average of .264 with a .671 OPS in 309 major league games over 4 years.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE PHILLIES 2B IN 2011: A+

The Philadelphia Phillies DFA Andrew Carpenter

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 15 February 2011 at 6:09 pm

The Phillies have designated 25-year old righty starting pitcher Andrew Carpenter for assignment. They need Carpenter’s roster spot for Brian Schlitter who was claimed off waivers from the Yankees. Carpenter pitched in 1 game (0 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. In parts of three years, Carpenter pitched in 5 games (1 start) in which he was 1-1 with a 9.31 ERA and a 2.28 WHIP. He gave up 17 hits (2 of which were homers) in 9 2/3 innings for the Phillies as he got hit hard. Carpenter also pitched in 27 games (all starts) in AAA-ball last season and he was 8-11 with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Carpenter was once one of the brightest prospects the Phillies had but they got frustrated with him as he never really pitched up to his ability. Maybe a change of scenery would aid Carpenter in getting his career back on the right path.

The Philadelphia Phillies claim Brian Schlitter off waivers from the Yankees

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 15 February 2011 at 6:05 pm

The Phillies have claimed 25-year old righty reliever Brian Schlitter off waivers from the Yankees. Schlitter got his first taste of the majors with the Cubs last season and it didn’t go too well. Schlitter pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Cubs last season and he was 0-1 with a 12.38 ERA and a 2.88 WHIP. He gave up a stunning 18 hits (2 homers) in only 8 innings for the Cubs last year as he got hit really hard. Schlitter also pitched in 37 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last season and he was 2-1 with 13 saves, a 3.15 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Schlitter has a good arm so maybe a change of scenery will get him back on the right path.

The Philadelphia Phillies sign Cory Sullivan

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 11 February 2011 at 5:41 pm

The Phillies have signed 31-year old lefty swinging outfielder Cory Sullivan to a minor league deal. Sullivan played in 57 games for the Houston Astros last season and he was 12 of 64 (.188 avg, .492 OPS) with 6 runs scored and 4 RBIs. Sullivan has now played in 476 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 305 of 1,127 (.271 avg, .708 OPS) with 156 runs scored, 10 homers, 97 RBIs and 32 stolen bases. This was a good signing for the Phillies as Sullivan might be able to help them off the bench in 2011 if he gets the chance at some point in the year.

Ryan Howard is looking to get his groove back for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 7 February 2011 at 9:52 pm

31-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard had a done year in 2010…..for him! Howard played in 143 games for the Phillies last season and he was 152 of 550 (.276 avg, .859 OPS) with 87 runs scored, 31 homers, 108 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Most players would take those kind of numbers and be giddy with them, but not Howard. From 2006-2009, Howard averaged 102.0 runs scored, 49.5 homers and 143.0 RBIs per year. He hopes to get back to those kind of lofty numbers again in 2011 but he will need help from the rest of the guys in the lineup to do so. Howard had 14 errors in 139 games as he is one of the worst defensive 1B in all of baseball, but the Phillies don’t care about that too much as long as Howard keeps whacking tape measure shots.

34-year old lefty swinging Ross Gload will likely get most of his P.T. in the outfield in 2011. But, he played 18 error-free games at 1B for the Phillies last season and he starts at 1B in the road interleague games with Howard DHing.

33-year old righty swinging 1B/3B Robb Quinlan could sneak his way onto the Phillies this spring. He played in 23 games for the Angels last season and he was 4 of 33 (.121 avg, .353 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Quinlan has a career average of .276 with a .723 OPS in his first 8 years in the majors covering 458 games. That shows that Quinlan is a much better hitter than he showed last season. He made 1 error in 13 games at 1B for the Angels last season and he’s a tad better than average on D.

28-year old lefty swinging Jeff Larish is also on hand to compete for a bench job in 2011. Larish played in 27 games for the Tigers & A’s last season in which he was 12 of 67 (.179 avg, .580 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 homers, 9 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Larish has a lot of holes in his swing though as he whiffed 24 times last year. Larish didn’t make any errors in 11 games at 1B last season.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE PHILLIES AT 1B IN 2011: A+

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