28-year old righty swinging Hunter Pence is ready to rock for the Phillies in 2012. Pence played in 54 games for the Phillies last year and he was 67 of 207 (.324 avg, .954 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 11 homers, 35 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He played in 154 games overall for the Phillies & Astros last year and he was 190 of 606 (.314 avg, .871 OPS) with 84 runs scored, 22 homers, 97 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Pence has now played in 734 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 835 of 2,856 (.292 avg, .828 OPS) with 388 runs scored, 114 homers, 412 RBIs and 62 stolen bases. Pence played in 153 games in RF last year and he had 11 assists and 6 errors while showing off awful range there.
Laynce Nix will likely be the top backup in RF for the Phillies in 2012. Nix played in 12 error-free games in RF last year while showing off pretty good range and chalking up 1 assist.
24-year old lefty swinging Dominic Brown will start the 2012 season in AAA-ball. He played in 56 games for the Phillies last year and he was 45 of 184 (.245 avg, .725 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 5 homers, 19 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Brown has played in 91 games in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 58 of 246 (.236 avg, .696 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 7 homers, 32 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Brown had 4 errors and 0 assists in 52 games in RF for the Phillies last year while showing off pretty awful range there. The Phillies still like Brown for the future, but he needs to start playing better when they give him a chance to play.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RF IN 2012: A