The Phillies are expecting big things from 31-year old switch-hitting Shane Victorino in 2012. He played in 132 games for the Phillies last year and he was 145 of 519 (.279 avg, .847 OPS) with 95 runs scored, 17 homers, 61 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. Victorino has now played in 886 games in his first seven years with the Phillies and he is 897 of 3,184 (.282 avg, .791 OPS) with 536 runs scored, 79 homers, 350 RBIs and 155 stolen bases. He played in 130 games in CF last year for the Phillies but he didn’t have any errors or assists. But, he showed poor range in CF.
Laynce Nix will likely be the top backup in CF for the Phillies in 2012. He played in 4 error-free games in CF for the Nationals last year. Scott Podsednik or Juan Pierre could play CF if need be for the Phillies, but they would be sub-par defenders there.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CF IN 2012: B