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The Philadelphia Phillies are going to miss Carlos Ruiz at the start of the 2013 season

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by joelapinski on Thursday 31 January 2013 at 10:49 am

33-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Ruiz has been suspended for the first 25 games of the 2013 season after he tested positive for PEDs.  Ruiz played in 114 games for the Phillies last year and he was 121 of 372 (.325 avg, .935 OPS) with 56 runs scored, 16 homers, 68 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Ruiz played in 106 games (95 starts) behind the plate for the Phillies last year and he had 6 errors and 5 passed balls.  Ruiz also threw out 21 of 85 (24.7%) runners trying to steal on him last year and Phillies’ pitchers had a 4.12 ERA with him behind the dish.  Ruiz has now played in 733 games in his first 7 years with the Phillies and he is 616 of 2,238 (.275 avg, .781 OPS) with 274 runs scored, 52 homers, 299 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.  32-year old Erik Kratz will likely be the Phillies’ starting catcher until Ruiz is ready to return to action.  Kratz played in 50 games for the Phillies last year and he was 35 of 141 (.248 avg, .809 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 9 homers and 26 RBIs.  He played in 41 games (38 starts) behind the dish for the Phillies last year and he had 1 error and 3 passed balls.  Kratz threw out a very impressive 12 of 30 (40%) runners trying to steal on him last year and pitchers had a 3.43 when throwing to him.  Kratz has now played in 61 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 41 of 181 (.227 avg, .712 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 9 homers and 27 RBIs.  The Phillies hope that Kratz can handle a heavy workload until Ruiz returns to action.  33-year old righty swinging Humberto Quintero played in 43 games for the Royals last year and he was 32 of 138 (.232 avg, .598 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer and 19 RBIs.  He played in 43 games (40 starts) behind the plate for the Royals last year and he had 5 errors and 2 passed balls.  He threw out 11 of 43 base stealers (25.6%) last year and Royals’ pitchers had a 4.11 ERA with him behind the dish.  Quintero will likely be Kratz’ backup until Ruiz returns to action.  22-year old righty swinging Sebastian Valle came into last season as the Phillies’ #3 prospect heading into the 2012 season according to Baseball America.  He played in 105 games in AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 98 of 388 (.253 avg, .699 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 17 homers and 58 RBIs.  Valle has now played in 510 games in his first six years in the minors and he is 502 of 1,875 (.268 avg, .735 OPS) with 220 runs scored, 49 homers, 270 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.  Valle c0uld beat out Kratz for the starting job to start the 2013 season for the Phillies, if he has a really strong spring.  But, they won’t let him sit on the bench.  If he doesn’t beat out Kratz, he will start the 2013 season in AAA-ball.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2013:  C+

Charlie Manuel is still the man in charge for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 30 March 2012 at 7:52 pm

68-year old manager Charlie Manuel is still in charge in the dugout for the Phillies. He led the Phillies to a 102-60 (63%) record during the regular season, but they then bowed out in the first round of the playoffs. Manuel now has a 648-488 (57%) record during the regular season in his first seven years with the Phillies. He is also 27-19 (58.7%) in the post-season for the Phillies and he led them to a World Series Championship back in 2008. Manuel now has a 866-678 (56.1%) record in his first 10 years during the regular season as a major league manager. He is also 29-22 (56.9%) during the post-season in his career.

Hunter Pence is primed for a huge season in 2012 for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 25 March 2012 at 10:14 pm

28-year old righty swinging Hunter Pence is ready to rock for the Phillies in 2012. Pence played in 54 games for the Phillies last year and he was 67 of 207 (.324 avg, .954 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 11 homers, 35 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He played in 154 games overall for the Phillies & Astros last year and he was 190 of 606 (.314 avg, .871 OPS) with 84 runs scored, 22 homers, 97 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Pence has now played in 734 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 835 of 2,856 (.292 avg, .828 OPS) with 388 runs scored, 114 homers, 412 RBIs and 62 stolen bases. Pence played in 153 games in RF last year and he had 11 assists and 6 errors while showing off awful range there.

Laynce Nix will likely be the top backup in RF for the Phillies in 2012. Nix played in 12 error-free games in RF last year while showing off pretty good range and chalking up 1 assist.

24-year old lefty swinging Dominic Brown will start the 2012 season in AAA-ball. He played in 56 games for the Phillies last year and he was 45 of 184 (.245 avg, .725 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 5 homers, 19 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Brown has played in 91 games in his first two years with the Phillies and he is 58 of 246 (.236 avg, .696 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 7 homers, 32 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Brown had 4 errors and 0 assists in 52 games in RF for the Phillies last year while showing off pretty awful range there. The Phillies still like Brown for the future, but he needs to start playing better when they give him a chance to play.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RF IN 2012: A

The Philadelphia Phillies are expecting another solid year out of Shane Victorino in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 25 March 2012 at 9:57 pm

The Phillies are expecting big things from 31-year old switch-hitting Shane Victorino in 2012. He played in 132 games for the Phillies last year and he was 145 of 519 (.279 avg, .847 OPS) with 95 runs scored, 17 homers, 61 RBIs and 19 stolen bases. Victorino has now played in 886 games in his first seven years with the Phillies and he is 897 of 3,184 (.282 avg, .791 OPS) with 536 runs scored, 79 homers, 350 RBIs and 155 stolen bases. He played in 130 games in CF last year for the Phillies but he didn’t have any errors or assists. But, he showed poor range in CF.

Laynce Nix will likely be the top backup in CF for the Phillies in 2012. He played in 4 error-free games in CF for the Nationals last year. Scott Podsednik or Juan Pierre could play CF if need be for the Phillies, but they would be sub-par defenders there.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CF IN 2012: B

John Mayberry could get his big shot for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 25 March 2012 at 9:53 pm

28-year old righty swinging John Mayberry looks like he’s going to be the Phillies’ starting LF on Opening Day. How long he keeps the job will be up to him. Mayberry played in 104 games for the Phillies last year and he was 73 of 267 (.273 avg, .854 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 15 homers, 49 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. He has now played in 154 games in his first three years with the Phillies and he is 89 of 336 (.265 avg, .846 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 21 homers, 63 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Mayberry played in 21 error-free games in LF last year for the Phillies with 1 assist while showing poor range. Mayberry has the look of a late bloomer with big time power.

31-year old lefty swinging Laynce Nix is going to make the Phillies’ roster and he could work his way into a platoon with Mayberry. Nix played in 124 games for the Nationals last year and he was 81 of 324 (.250 avg, .750 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 16 homers, 44 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. In his first nine years in the majors, Nix has played in 607 games in which he is 409 of 1,673 (.244 avg, .718 OPS) with 211 runs scored, 64 homers, 226 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Nix played in 73 games in LF last year for the Nationals and he had 6 assists and 2 errors while showing below average range.

34-year old lefty swinging Juan Pierre is also likely to make the Phillies as a bench player. He played in 158 games for the White Sox last year and he was 178 of 639 (.279 avg, .657 OPS) with 80 runs scored, 2 homers, 50 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. Pierre has now played in 1,751 games in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 2,020 of 6,823 (.296 avg, .708 OPS) with 980 runs scored, 16 homers, 484 RBIs and 554 stolen bases. Pierre had 7 errors and 5 assists in 155 games in LF for the White Sox last year while showing below average range. Pierre is still a solid baseball player and he will help the Phillies off the bench in 2012.

36-year old lefty swinging Scott Podsednik is trying to win a job on the Phillies’ bench and get his career back on the right path. He played in 34 games in Rookie+A+AAA-ball last year and he was 34 for 134 (.254 avg, .735 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 0 homers, 8 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Podsednik last played in the majors back in 2010 with the Dodgers & Royals. Podsednik has played in 1,016 games in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 1,036 of 3,707 (.279 avg, .721 OPS) with 544 runs scored, 41 homers, 300 RBIs and 301 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE LF IN 2012: B

The Philadelphia Phillies need Placido Polanco to stay healthy in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 10 March 2012 at 12:21 pm

36-year old righty swinging 3B Placido Polanco is starting to get a little brittle in his old age. He played in 122 games for the Phillies last year and he was 130 of 469 (.277 avg, .674 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 5 homers, 50 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Polanco has now played in 598 games in his first six years with the Phillies and he is 698 of 2,382 (.293 avg, .753 OPS) with 337 runs scored, 49 homers, 262 RBIs and 31 stolen bases. Polanco has played in 1,719 games in his first 14 years in the majors and he is 1,966 of 6,534 (.301 avg, .752 OPS) with 948 runs scored, 101 homers, 681 RBIs and 79 stolen bases. Polanco only had 8 errors in 118 games at 3B while showing out of this world range. Polanco is still a good all-around 3B when he’s healthy.

34-year old righty swinging Ty Wigginton will be the Phillies’ top backup 3B in 2012. He played in 68 games for the Rockies at 3B last year and he had 4 errors while showing awful range. Wigginton has more power than Polanco, but he’s nowhere near as good of a contact hitter or defensive 3B.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 3B IN 2012: B

The Philadelphia Phillies are hoping for another big year out of Jimmy Rollins in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 March 2012 at 9:02 am

33-year old switch-hitting Jimmy Rollins played in 142 games for the Phillies last year and he was 152 of 567 (.268 avg, .736 OPS) with 87 runs scored, 16 homers, 63 RBIs and 30 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,636 games in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 1,866 of 6,858 (.272 avg, .761 OPS) with 1,080 runs scored, 170 homers, 725 RBIs and 373 stolen bases. Rollins only had 7 errors in 138 games at SS for the Phillies last year but he showed slightly below average range. I look for Rollins to have another solid year for the Phillies in 2012.

29-year old switch-hitting Michael Martinez will likely be Jimmy Rollins’ caddy in 2012. Martinez played in 88 games as a rookie for the Phillies last year and he was 41 of 209 (.196 avg, .540 OPS) with 25 runs scored, 3 homers, 24 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Martinez had 2 errors in 13 games at SS for the Phillies last year where he showed pretty awful range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SS IN 2012: B+

The Philadelphia Phillies are hoping for a full year out of Chase Utley in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 March 2012 at 8:57 am

33-year old lefty swinging Chase Utley played in 103 games for the Phillies last year and he was 103 of 398 (.259 avg, .769 OPS) with 54 runs scored, 11 homers, 44 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,190 games in his first 9 years with the Phillies and he is 1,198 of 4,133 (.290 avg, .882 OPS) with 731 runs scored, 188 homers, 694 RBIs and 110 stolen bases. Utley only made 5 errors in 100 games at 2B last year while showing off good range. The Phillies really need a full year out of Chase Utley in 2012 as he is one of the best all-around 2B in all of baseball.

29-year old switch-hitting Mike Martinez is likely going to be the top middle infield backup for the Phillies in 2012. He played in 19 games at 2B last year for the Phillies and he only made 1 error, while showing off outstanding range there.

32-year old lefty swinging Pete Orr is going to have a hard time making the Phillies this spring due to all of the veterans on the bench. Orr played in 46 games for the Phillies last year and he was 21 of 96 (.219 avg, .529 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 0 homers, 4 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Orr has now played in 393 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 156 of 615 (.254 avg, .608 OPS) with 87 runs scored, 3 homers, 39 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. Orr had 2 errors in 29 games at 2B for the Phillies last year while showing off outstanding range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR 2B FOR 2012: B+

The Philadelphia Phillies will have a new look at 1B when the 2012 season opens

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 28 February 2012 at 2:36 pm

32-year old lefty swinging Ryan Howard won’t likely be ready to play until sometime in May as he is still rehabbing from surgery he had over the off-season to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon that he injured on his last AB of the playoffs last season. Howard has played in 152 games for the Phillies last year and he was 141 of 557 (.253 avg, .835 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 33 homers, 116 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 1,027 games in his first 8 years with the Phillies and he is 1,043 of 3,794 (.275 avg, .928 OPS) with 633 runs scored, 286 homers, 864 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Howard is a sub par defensive 1B as he made 9 errors in 149 games at 1B last year. But that’s nitpicking as the Phillies pay Howard to swing the bat. They hope he can return in May.

34-year old righty swinging Ty Wigginton has outstanding versatility in the field, but he is going to be playing 1B when the 2012 season begins for the Phillies. Wigginton played in 130 games for the Rockies last year and he was 97 for 401 (.242 avg, .731 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 15 homers, 47 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. He has now played in 1,190 games in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 1,087 of 4,107 (.265 avg, .768 OPS) with 509 runs scored, 158 homers, 548 RBIs and 41 stolen bases. Wigginton played 36 error-free games at 1B for the Rockies last year. He will be an improvement defensively for the Phillies until Ryan Howard is ready to return to action.

41-year old lefty swinging Jim Thome might get into a game or two at 1B this year, but his main job is going to be pinch-hitting for the Phillies in 2012. Thome only played in 1 game at 1B last year and he didn’t make any errors. He has the range of a phone booth right now. Thome played in 93 games for the Twins & Indians last year and he was 71 for 277 (.256 avg, .838 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 15 homers and 50 RBIs. Thome has played in 361 games in his first three years with the Phillies and he is 333 for 1,279 (.260 avg, .928 OPS) with 234 runs scored, 96 homers and 266 RBIs. Thome has now played in 2,287 games in his first 21 years in the majors and he is 2,287 of 8,259 (.277 avg, .959 OPS) with 1,566 runs scored, 604 homers, 1,674 RBIs and 19 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 1B IN 2012: B+

The Philadelphia Phillies are going to be solid behind the plate in 2012

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 24 February 2012 at 12:26 pm

33-year old right swinging Carlos Ruiz continues to improve as a hitter. Ruiz played in 132 games for the Phillies last year and he was 116 for 410 (.283 avg, .754 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 6 homers, 40 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 619 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 495 for 1,866 (.265 avg, .750 OPS) with 218 runs scored, 36 homers, 231 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Ruiz played in 138 games for the Phillies behind the plate last year and he had 4 errors and 8 passed balls. He only threw out 18 of 100 (18%) base stealers last year and Phillies’ pitchers had a 3.06 ERA with him behind the plate. Ruiz is still playing at a high level and he would be one of the hardest players for the Phillies to replace if he got injured.

35-year old lefty swinging Brian Schneider is going to be the backup catcher once again for the Phillies in 2012. Schneider played in 41 games for the Phillies last year and he was 22 for 125 (.176 avg, .502 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers and 9 RBIs. He has now played two years with the Phillies appearing in 88 games in which he is 52 for 250 (.208 avg, .617 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 6 homers and 24 RBIs. Schneider has now played in 1,014 games in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 761 for 3,076 (.247 avg, .690 OPS) with 275 runs scored, 65 homers, 380 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Schneider played in 40 games behind the plate for the Phillies last year and he had 1 error and 1 passed ball. He threw out only 3 of 23 (13%) base stealers, but Phillies’ pitchers had a 2.88 ERA with him behind the plate last year. The Phillies really like Schneider defensively, they just hope he hits a little bit better in 2012.

31-year old righty swinging Erik Kratz will likely be #3 in line in 2012 for the Phillies at catcher. He played in 6 games for the Phillies last year and he was 2 for 6 (.333 avg, .833 OPS). Kratz has now played in 11 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 6 for 40 (.150 avg, .365 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. He played in 1 game behind the plate for the Phillies last year in which he had 0 errors but 1 passed ball. He was 0 for 1 throwing out base stealers and Phillies’ pitchers had a 3.60 ERA with him behind the plate. Kratz will likely start the 2012 season in AAA-ball.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2012: B

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