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Philadelphia Phillies MLB News - Phillies Baseball Blog » The Philadelphia Phillies need a healthy and productive Jimmy Rollins in 2011

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

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