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Philadelphia Phillies MLB News - Phillies Baseball Blog » The Philadelphia Phillies are hoping for a full year out of Chase Utley in 2012

The Philadelphia Phillies are hoping for a full year out of Chase Utley in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 March 2012 at 8:57 am

33-year old lefty swinging Chase Utley played in 103 games for the Phillies last year and he was 103 of 398 (.259 avg, .769 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 11 homers, 44 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,190 games in his first 9 years with the Phillies and he is 1,198 of 4,133 (.290 avg, .882 OPS) with 731 runs scored, 188 homers, 694 RBIs and 110 stolen bases. Utley only made 5 errors in 100 games at 2B last year while showing off good range. The Phillies really need a full year out of Chase Utley in 2012 as he is one of the best all-around 2B in all of baseball.

29-year old switch-hitting Mike Martinez is likely going to be the top middle infield backup for the Phillies in 2012. He played in 19 games at 2B last year for the Phillies and he only made 1 error, while showing off outstanding range there.

32-year old lefty swinging Pete Orr is going to have a hard time making the Phillies this spring due to all of the veterans on the bench. Orr played in 46 games for the Phillies last year and he was 21 of 96 (.219 avg, .529 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Orr has now played in 393 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 156 of 615 (.254 avg, .608 OPS) with 87 runs scored, 3 homers, 39 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. Orr had 2 errors in 29 games at 2B for the Phillies last year while showing off outstanding range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR 2B FOR 2012: B+

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