The Phillies are hoping for big things out of 34-year old switch-hitting SS Jimmy Rollins in 2013. He played in 156 games for the Phillies last year and he was 158 of 632 (.250 avg, .743 OPS) with 102 runs scored, 23 homers, 68 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. He played in 156 games (152 starts) for the Phillies at SS last year and he had 13 errors while showing pretty horrible range. Rollins has now played in 1,792 games in his first 13 years in the majors and he is 2,024 of 7,490 (.270 avg, .760 OPS) with 1,182 runs scored, 193 homers, 793 RBIs and 403 stolen bases. 31-year old Yuniesky Betancourt is going to try to win a backup job for the Phillies this spring and he is a natural shortstop. He played in only 1 game (1 start) for the Royals last year and he had 1 error there. 30-year old switch-hitting Matt Tolbert will also get a shot to win a bench job this spring. He played in 113 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs last year and he was 79 of 329 (.240 avg, .617 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 1 homer, 13 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. Tolbert last played in the majors in 2011 for the Twins. He has played in 247 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 139 of 605 (.230 avg, .607 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 3 homers, 54 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SHORTSTOPS IN 2013: B+