John Mayberry could get his big shot for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 25 March 2012 at 9:53 pm

28-year old righty swinging John Mayberry looks like he’s going to be the Phillies’ starting LF on Opening Day. How long he keeps the job will be up to him. Mayberry played in 104 games for the Phillies last year and he was 73 of 267 (.273 avg, .854 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 15 homers, 49 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. He has now played in 154 games in his first three years with the Phillies and he is 89 of 336 (.265 avg, .846 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 21 homers, 63 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Mayberry played in 21 error-free games in LF last year for the Phillies with 1 assist while showing poor range. Mayberry has the look of a late bloomer with big time power.

31-year old lefty swinging Laynce Nix is going to make the Phillies’ roster and he could work his way into a platoon with Mayberry. Nix played in 124 games for the Nationals last year and he was 81 of 324 (.250 avg, .750 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 16 homers, 44 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. In his first nine years in the majors, Nix has played in 607 games in which he is 409 of 1,673 (.244 avg, .718 OPS) with 211 runs scored, 64 homers, 226 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Nix played in 73 games in LF last year for the Nationals and he had 6 assists and 2 errors while showing below average range.

34-year old lefty swinging Juan Pierre is also likely to make the Phillies as a bench player. He played in 158 games for the White Sox last year and he was 178 of 639 (.279 avg, .657 OPS) with 80 runs scored, 2 homers, 50 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. Pierre has now played in 1,751 games in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 2,020 of 6,823 (.296 avg, .708 OPS) with 980 runs scored, 16 homers, 484 RBIs and 554 stolen bases. Pierre had 7 errors and 5 assists in 155 games in LF for the White Sox last year while showing below average range. Pierre is still a solid baseball player and he will help the Phillies off the bench in 2012.

36-year old lefty swinging Scott Podsednik is trying to win a job on the Phillies’ bench and get his career back on the right path. He played in 34 games in Rookie+A+AAA-ball last year and he was 34 for 134 (.254 avg, .735 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 0 homers, 8 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Podsednik last played in the majors back in 2010 with the Dodgers & Royals. Podsednik has played in 1,016 games in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 1,036 of 3,707 (.279 avg, .721 OPS) with 544 runs scored, 41 homers, 300 RBIs and 301 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE LF IN 2012: B

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