The Phillies hope that 34-year old lefty swinging 2B Chase Utley can stay healthy in 2013….but that is a longshot due to his knees. With that in mind, the Phillies have a lot of capable middle infielders coming to spring training this year, just in case. Utley played in only 83 games for the Phillies last year and he was 77 of 301 (.256 avg, .793 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 11 homers, 45 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. He played in 81 games (all starts) for the Phillies last year and he had 7 errors while showing slightly below average range. Utley has now played in 1,192 games in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 1,275 of 4,434 (.288 avg, .876 OPS) with 779 runs scored, 199 homers, 739 RBIs and 121 stolen bases. 31-year old righty swinging Yuniesky Betancourt, 23-year old switch-hitting Freddy Galvis, 33-year old lefty swinging Pete Orr and 28-year old switch-hitting Andres Blanco will be duking it out for the right to back up Utley in 2013. Betancourt might have the edge going into spring training, as he is a natural SS. He played in 57 games for the Royals last year and he was 49 of 215 (.228 avg, .656 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 7 homers and 36 RBIs. He played in 46 games (43 starts) at 2B for the Royals last year and he had 5 errors there while showing slightly below average range. Betancourt has now played in 1,019 games in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 974 of 3,661 (.266 avg, .682 OPS) with 402 runs scored, 67 homers, 411 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. Freddy Galvis got his first taste of the majors for the Phillies last year. He played in 58 games for the Phillies last year and he was 43 of 190 (.226 avg, .617 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 3 homers and 24 RBIs. He played in 55 games (45 starts) at 2B for the Phillies last year and he had 1 error there while showing off out of this world range. 33-year old lefty swinging Pete Orr does his best work as a pinch hitter for the Phillies. He played in 35 games for the Phillies last year and he was 17 of 54 (.315 avg, .772 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers, 7 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Orr played in 13 games (9 starts) for the Phillies at 2B last year and he made 3 errors while showing pretty horrible range there. Orr has now played in 428 games in his first 7 years in the majors and he is 173 of 669 (.259 avg, .621 OPS) with 93 runs scored, 3 homers, 46 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. 28-year old switch-hitting Andres Blanco is a longshot to win a bench job for the Phillies. He played in 120 games in AAA-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 97 of 413 (.235 avg, .648 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 10 homers, 40 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Blanco last played in the majors in 2011 for the Rangers. He has played in 235 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 151 of 591 (.255 avg, .634 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 3 homers, 47 RBIs and 1 stolen base.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SECOND BASEMEN IN 2013: C