The Philadelphia Phillies are really going to be young in 2016, as they begin a complete rebuilding project. With that in mind, they will probably be young on the bench, which could result in poor pinch hitting. Here is a look at what the bench players have done as pinch hitters so far in their careers:
Cameron Rupp, righty swinger – Rupp could share time behind the plate with Carlos Ruiz in 2016. He is o for 1 (.000 avg, .500 OPS) with 1 run scored as a pinch hitter.
J.P. Arencibia, righty swinger – Arencibia could also figure in behind the plate for the Phillies in 2016. He is only 3 for 26 (.115 avg, .349 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI as a pinch hitter.
Darin Ruf, righty swinger – Ruf will be on the short end of a platoon at 1B with Ryan Howard. Ruf is only 6 for 52 (.115 avg, .334 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs as a pinch hitter.
Darnell Sweeney, switch-hitter – Sweeney is 2 for 11 (.182 avg, .903 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 3 RBIs as a pinch hitter.
Emmanuel Burriss, switch-hitter – Burriss is only 4 for 25 (.160 avg, .410 OPS) with 3 runs scored as a pinch hitter.
Andres Blanco, switch-hitter – Blanco is 12 of 51 (.235 avg, .774 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 2 homers, 6 RBIs and 1 stolen base as a pinch hitter.
Cody Asche, lefty swinger – Asche could be the starter in RF for the Phillies. He is 5 for 27 (.185 avg, .686 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 homers and 5 RBIs as a pinch hitter.
David Lough, lefty swinger – Lough is 3 for 17 (.176 avg, .717 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 1 homer and 2 RBIs.
Tyler Goeddel, righty swinger – Goeddel was a Rule 5 Draft Pick of the Tampa Bay Rays. He has yet to play in the show.
Cedric Hunter, lefty swinger – Hunter is 1 for 3 (.333 avg, .833 OPS) as a pinch hitter in the show.