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Philadelphia Phillies MLB News - Phillies Baseball Blog » The Philadelphia Phillies are going to have a new look at 3B for 2013

The Philadelphia Phillies are going to have a new look at 3B for 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Monday 18 February 2013 at 5:08 pm

The Phillies dealt for 36-year old righty swinging Michael Young over the winter to take over for them at 3B in 2013.  Young played in 156 games for the Rangers last year and he was 169 of 611 (.277 avg, .682 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 8 homers, 67 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  He only played in 25 games (all starts) at 3B for the Rangers last year and he had 2 errors there while showing pretty poor range.  Young has now played in 1,823 games in his first 13 years in the majors and he is 2,230 of 7,399 (.301 avg, .791 OPS) with 1,085 runs scored, 177 homers, 984 RBIs and 89 stolen bases.  The Phillies hope that Young bounces back and hits around .300 in 2013.  30-year old righty swinging Kevin Frandsen will be Young’s caddy in 2013.  Frandsen played in 55 games for the Phillies last year and he was 66 of 195 (.338 avg, .834 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 2 homers and 14 RBIs.  Frandsen played in 52 games (49 starts) at 3B for the Phillies last year and he made 7 errors there while showing pretty poor range.  Frandsen has now played in 283 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 204 of 763 (.267 avg, .686 OPS) with 89 runs scored, 9 homers, 67 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE THIRD BASEMEN IN 2013:  B

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