The Philadelphia Phillies hope that Delmon Young is ready for the start of the season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Monday 25 February 2013 at 10:20 am

27-year old righty swinging Delmon Young is penciled in as the starting RF heading into spring training.  He is dealing with an ankle injury right now, which could cause him to start the 2013 season on the D.L.  Young played in 151 games for the Tigers last year and he was 153 of 574 (.267 avg, .707 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 18 homers and 74 RBIs.  Young didn’t play at all in RF for the Tigers last year and he was their primary DH.  He played in 31 games (29 starts) in LF last year for the Tigers and he had 1 assist and 2 errors there while showing poor range. Young has now played in 880 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 955 of 3,358 (.284 avg, .742 OPS) with 396 runs scored, 89 homers, 482 RBIs and 34 stolen bases.  32-year old lefty swinging Laynce Nix could also see time in RF for the Phillies in 2013.  He played in 70 games for the Phillies last year and he was 28 of 114 (.246 avg, .727 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 3 homers and 16 RBIs.  He played in 10 games (7 starts) in RF for the Phillies last year and he had 0 assists or errors there while showing poor range.  Nix has now played in 677 games in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 437 of 1,787 (.245 avg, .719 OPS) with 224 runs scored, 67 homers, 242 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  30-year old righty swinging Joe Mather could also get some P.T. for the Phillies in RF in 2013.  Mather played in 103 games for the Cubs last year and he was 47 of 225 (.209 avg, .581 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 5 homers, 19 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Mather played in 14 games (4 starts) in RF for the Cubs last year and he had 0 assists or errors there while showing poor range.  Mather has now played in 229 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 108 of 493 (.219 avg, .628 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 14 homers, 49 RBIs and 7 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RIGHT FIELDERS IN 2013:  C+

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