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Charlie Manuel is going to try to get the Philadelphia Phillies back on the right track in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Sunday 24 March 2013 at 5:45 pm

69-year old manager Charlie Manuel led the Phillies to an injured filled 81-81 (50%) season in 2012.  Manuel is now 727-569 (56.1%) during his first 9 regular seasons as the manager of the Phillies.  He is also 27-19 (58.7%) so far in the playoffs for the Phillies.  Manuel is now 947-759 (55.5%) in his first 11 regular seasons as a major league manager and he is also 29-22 (56.9%) in the playoffs.  I think Manuel is going to get the Phillies back on track in 2013.

The Philadelphia Phillies will likely have a solid bullpen in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Monday 11 March 2013 at 1:38 pm

The Phillies should have a pretty decent bullpen in 2013.  32-year old righty Jonathan Papelbon will be the closer for the Phillies again in 2013.  He pitched in 70 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 5-6 with 38 saves, a 2.44 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  Papelbon has now pitched in 466 games (3 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 28-25 with 257 saves, a 2.34 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.  I expect Papelbon to have another good year in 2013.  34-year old righty Mike Adams was signed over the winter and he will serve as the set-up man for the Phillies.  He pitched in 61 games (0 starts) for the Rangers last year and he was 5-3 with 1 save, a 3.27 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 358 games (0 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 18-15 with 4 saves, a 2.28 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  27-year old Antonio Bastardo, 27-year old Jeremy Horst and 35-year old lefty Raul Valdes give the Phillies three pretty decent trio of lefties in the pen.  Bastardo has the best arm and stuff of this trio.  He pitched in 65 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 2-5 with 1 save, a 4.33 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  Bastardo has now pitched in 160 games (5 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 12-9 with 9 saves, a 4.02 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Horst pitched in 32 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 2-0 with a 1.15 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 44 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  Valdes pitched in 27 games (1 start) for the Phillies last year and he was 3-2 with a 2.90 ERA and a 0.74 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 78 games (2 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 6-6 with 1 save, a 4.07 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  35-year old righty Chad Durbin will be one of the Phillies’ middle relievers in 2013.  He pitched in 76 games (0 starts) for the Braves last year and he was 4-1 with 1 save, a 3.10 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  Durbin has now pitched in 440 games (75 starts) in his first 13 years in the majors and he is 42-47 with 5 saves, a 4.95 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  25-year old righty Justin DeFratus, 24-year old Phillippe Aumont, 26-year old righty Michael Stutes, 27-year old righty B.J. Rosenberg and 27-year old lefty Joe Savery are also in camp trying to win bullpen jobs.  DeFratus comes into this season as the Phillies’ #20 prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 13 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 18 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 1-0 with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.  Stutes pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 0-0 with a 6.35 ERA and a 1.94 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 63 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 6-2 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  Aumont comes into this season as the Phillies’ #13 prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 18 games (0 starts) in his first taste of the majors for the Phillies in 2012 and he was 0-1 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  He also pitched in 41 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball last year and he was 3-1 with 15 saves, a 4.26 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP.  Rosenberg pitched in 22 games (1 start) in his first taste of the majors for the Phillies in 2012 and he was 1-2 with a 6.12 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  He also pitched in 25 games (6 starts) in AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 5-2 with 3 saves, a 1.89 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  Savery pitched in 19 games (0 starts) last year for the Phillies and he was 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 23 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 1-2 with a 4.88 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE BULLPEN IN 2013:  B

The Philadelphia Phillies have a solid rotation set up again for 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Tuesday 5 March 2013 at 12:20 pm

The Phillies are going to have one of the best starting rotations in all of baseball once again in 2013.  35-year old righty Roy Halladay was banged up last year, but he’s looking to make amends for that in 2013.  Halladay pitched in 25 games (all starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 11-8 with a 4.49 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 403 games (377 starts) in his first 15 years in the majors and he is 199-100 with 1 save, a 3.31 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  I look for Halladay to return to being a workhorse for the Phillies again in 2013.  34-year old lefty Cliff Lee is likely going to win a lot more games than he did last year for the Phillies.  Lee pitched in 30 games (all starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 6-9 with a 3.16 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 284 games (280 starts) in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 125-78 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  29-year old lefty Cole Hamels is a rising force for the Phillies.  He pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 17-6 with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  Hamels has now pitched in 212 games (211 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 91-60 with a 3.34 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  28-year old righty Kyle Kendrick is going to be a full-time starter for the first time in 2013 for the Phillies.  He pitched in 37 games (25 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 11-12 with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  Kendrick has now pitched in 164 games (123 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 54-42 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  28-year old lefty John Lannan, 25-year old righty Tyler Cloyd and 34-year old righty Aaron Cook are duking it out this spring for the #5 starter job in 2013.  Lannan is the favorite.  He pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the Nationals last year and he was 4-1 with a 4.13 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  Lannan has now pitched in 134 games (all starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 42-52 with a 4.01 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  Cloyd comes into the season as the Phillies’ #21 prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 6 games (all starts) for the Phillies in his first taste of the majors last year and he was 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  He also pitched in 26 games (26 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Phillies last year and he was 15-1 with a 2.26 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  Cook pitched in 18 games (all starts) for the Red Sox last year and he was 4-11 with a 5.65 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 256 games (224 starts) in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 76-79 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE STARTING ROTATION IN 2013:  A

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+

Ben Revere is going to be the man in CF for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Monday 25 February 2013 at 10:06 am

24-year lefty swinging Ben Revere will be the new starting CF for the Phillies in 2013.  He is a like a lot younger Juan Pierre, who is much better defensively.  Revere played in 124 games for the Twins last year and he was 150 of 511 (.294 avg, .675 OPS) with 70 runs scored, 0 homers, 32 RBIs and 40 stolen bases.  Revere played in 39 games (34 starts) in CF for the Twins last year and he had 2 assists and 0 errors there while showing good range.  Revere has now played in 254 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 275 of 989 (.278 avg, .642 OPS) with 127 runs scored, 0 homers, 64 RBIs and 74 stolen bases.  Domonic Brown, John Mayberry and Joe Mather can also play CF if needed in 2013.  Brown played in 38 games (all starts) in CF for the Phillies last year and he had 4 assists and 0 errors there while showing poor range.  Mayberry played in 58 games (52 starts) in CF for the Phillies last year and he had 2 assists and 1 error there while showing slightly below average range.  Mather played in 28 games (26 starts) in CF for the Cubs last year and he didn’t have any errors or assists there while showing outstanding range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CENTER FIELDERS IN 2013:  B

There is going to be competition in LF for the starting job this spring for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Monday 25 February 2013 at 9:58 am

25-year old lefty swinging Domonic Brown, 29-year old righty swinging John Mayberry and 26-year old righty swinging Darin Ruf are going to compete for the starting LF job this spring.  Brown is the slight favorite here.  He played in 56 games for the Phillies last year and he was 44 of 187 (.235 avg, .712 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 5 homers and 26 RBIs.  Brown played in 29 games (13 starts) in LF for the Phillies last year and he had 3 assists and 0 errors there while showing off outstanding range.  Brown has now played in 147 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 102 of 433 (.236 avg, .703 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 12 homers, 58 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  John Mayberry got his big shot to start last year and he dropped the ball.  He played in 149 games for the Phillies last year and he was 108 of 441 (.245 avg, .695 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 14 homers, 46 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He played in 70 games (30 starts) in LF for the Phillies last year and he had 2 assists and 1 error there while showing out of this world range.  Mayberry has now played in 303 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 197 of 777 (.254 avg, .760 OPS) with 102 runs scored, 35 homers, 109 RBIs and 9 stolen bases.  26-year old righty swinging Darin Ruf might just have a chance here due to the thunder in his stick.  Ruf played in 12 games for the Phillies last year (in his first taste of the majors) and he was 11 of 33 (.333 avg, 1.079 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 3 homers and 10 RBIs.  He played in 6 games (all starts) in LF for the Phillies last year and he didn’t have any assists or errors there while showing pretty awful range.  He is a natural 1B.  Ruf also played in 139 games in AA-ball for the Phillies last year in which he was 155 of 489 (.317 avg, 1.028 OPS) with 93 runs scored, 38 homers, 104 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  27-year old Delmon Young, 32-year old Laynce Nix and 30-year old righty swinging Joe Mather could play some in LF if needed in 2013.  Young played in 31 games (29 starts) in LF for the Tigers last year and he had 1 assist and 2 errors there while showing poor range.  Nix played in 18 games (6 starts) in LF last year for the Phillies and he had 0 errors or assists there while showing good range.  Mather played in 25 games (4 starts) in LF for the Cubs last year and he had 0 assists or errors there while showing outstanding range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE LEFT FIELDERS IN 2013:  C

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

The Philadelphia Phillies are expecting big things out of Jimmy Rollins in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Thursday 14 February 2013 at 2:02 pm

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+

The Philadelphia Phillies have a lot of depth at 2B for 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Sunday 10 February 2013 at 2:23 pm

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

The Philadelphia Phillies need a healthy Ryan Howard in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Wednesday 6 February 2013 at 7:37 am

The Phillies need 33-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard to stay healthy in 2013 if they are going to get back to the playoffs.  Howard played in only 71 games for the Phillies last year and he was 57 of 260 (.219 avg, .718 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 14 homers and 56 RBIs.  He played in 67 games (66 starts) at 1B for the Phillies last year and he had 5 errors.  Howard has now played in 1,098 games in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 1,100 of 4,054 (.271 avg, .915 OPS) with 661 runs scored, 300 homers and 920 RBIs.  Howard has whiffed 1,306 times so far in his career and he is not a good defensive 1B, but he is still a huge asset for the Phillies when he is healthy because of his power.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE FIRST BASEMEN IN 2013:  B+

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