Chase Utley is ready to make up for lost time for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Tuesday 15 February 2011 at 6:22 pm

32-year old lefty swinging Chase Utley had big time issues trying to stay healthy in 2010. He played in 115 games for the Phillies last season and he was 117 of 425 (.275 avg, .832 OPS) with 75 runs scored, 16 homers, 65 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. From 2005-2009, Utley averaged 110.6 runs scored, 29.2 homers and 101.4 RBIs per year and the Phillies expect Utley to get back to those levels in 2011. Utley is a good all-around player as he made 11 errors in 114 games at 2B while showing outstanding range. The Phillies will be a machine again offensively if Utley stays healthy in 2011.

32-year old righty swinging Wilson Valdez will be Utley’s backup again in 2011. Valdez played in 111 games for the Phillies last season and he was 86 of 333 (.258 avg, .667 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 4 homers, 35 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. He has never been much of a hitter in the majors, so the Phillies can’t hope for much more out of him than what he showed in 2011. Valdez is a SS by trade, but he only made 1 error in 42 games at 2B for the Phillies last season but he showed terrible range. The Phillies hope that they won’t need Valdez near as much as they used him in 2010.

28-year old switch hitting Delwyn Young didn’t make any errors in 10 games for the Pirates at 2B in 2010, but he showed pathetic range. Young is a decent hitter and he’s a solid pinch hitter who can play all over the field so he will have a good chance of winning a job on the Phillies’ bench this spring.

31-year old lefty swinging Pete Orr will be in spring training trying to win a bench job. Orr played in 137 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 129 of 489 (.264 avg, .761 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 12 homers, 45 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. Orr made 2 errors in 14 games at 2B last season in the minors. Orr has a career batting average of .260 with a .623 OPS in 347 games in his major league career. He is a decent pinch hitter and he’s versatile in the field.

28-year old righty swinging Josh Barfield was a solid player in his first two years in the majors but he has run into tough times as of late. Barfield played in 78 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 78 of 265 (.294 avg, .725 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 5 homers, 36 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Barfield made 3 errors in only 32 games at 2B last season in the minors but he has a good reputation as a defensive player. Barfield has a career batting average of .264 with a .671 OPS in 309 major league games over 4 years.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE PHILLIES 2B IN 2011: A+

Ryan Howard is looking to get his groove back for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 7 February 2011 at 9:52 pm

31-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard had a done year in 2010…..for him! Howard played in 143 games for the Phillies last season and he was 152 of 550 (.276 avg, .859 OPS) with 87 runs scored, 31 homers, 108 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Most players would take those kind of numbers and be giddy with them, but not Howard. From 2006-2009, Howard averaged 102.0 runs scored, 49.5 homers and 143.0 RBIs per year. He hopes to get back to those kind of lofty numbers again in 2011 but he will need help from the rest of the guys in the lineup to do so. Howard had 14 errors in 139 games as he is one of the worst defensive 1B in all of baseball, but the Phillies don’t care about that too much as long as Howard keeps whacking tape measure shots.

34-year old lefty swinging Ross Gload will likely get most of his P.T. in the outfield in 2011. But, he played 18 error-free games at 1B for the Phillies last season and he starts at 1B in the road interleague games with Howard DHing.

33-year old righty swinging 1B/3B Robb Quinlan could sneak his way onto the Phillies this spring. He played in 23 games for the Angels last season and he was 4 of 33 (.121 avg, .353 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Quinlan has a career average of .276 with a .723 OPS in his first 8 years in the majors covering 458 games. That shows that Quinlan is a much better hitter than he showed last season. He made 1 error in 13 games at 1B for the Angels last season and he’s a tad better than average on D.

28-year old lefty swinging Jeff Larish is also on hand to compete for a bench job in 2011. Larish played in 27 games for the Tigers & A’s last season in which he was 12 of 67 (.179 avg, .580 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 homers, 9 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Larish has a lot of holes in his swing though as he whiffed 24 times last year. Larish didn’t make any errors in 11 games at 1B last season.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE PHILLIES AT 1B IN 2011: A+

The Philadelphia Phillies look solid behind the plate for 2011

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 29 January 2011 at 11:29 pm

32-year old righty swinging Carlos Ruiz will be the main man behind the plate for the Phillies once again in 2011. Ruiz has played in 121 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 112 of 371 (.302 avg, .847 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 8 homers and 53 RBIs. Ruiz will likely to continue to improve as a hitter as he showed good plate discipline last year. He walked 55 times while only whiffing 54 times last season for the Phillies. Ruiz had 6 errors and 4 passed balls in 118 games behind the plate for the Phillies. He also threw out 18 of 70 (25.7%) runners trying to steal on him last season and Phillies’ pitchers had a 3.33 ERA with him behind the plate. Ruiz is a good all-around catcher and he steps up when the games get big in October. I look for him to have another really good year in 2011 for the Phillies.

34-year old lefty swinging Brian Schneider is a very solid backup for the Phillies. He played in 47 games for the Phillies last season and he was 30 of 125 (.240 avg, .729 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 4 homers and 15 RBIs. Schneider is basically a .250 hitter with some pop and the Phillies would be happy with that kind of production out of him in 2011. Schneider had 2 errors and only 1 passed ball in 46 games behind the plate for the Phillies last year. Schneider threw out 8 of 38 (21.1%) runners trying to steal against him last season and Phillies pitchers had a 4.57 ERA with him behind the plate.

30-year old righty Erik Kratz will likely start the 2011 season in AAA. He played in 70 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 63 of 230 (.274 avg, .875 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 9 homers, 41 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He also played in 9 games for the Pirates last season in which he was 4 of 34 (.118 avg, .284 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. Kratz didn’t have any errors or passed balls in 9 games with the Pirates last season. He also threw out 4 of 7 (57.1%) runners trying to steal on him last season and Pirates’ pitchers had a 4.42 ERA with him behind the plate which is pretty impressive because they had a awful pitching staff.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE PHILLIES CATCHERS IN 2011: B

Charlie Manuel is the right manager for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Monday 29 March 2010 at 11:41 am

While it’s true that Charlie Manuel is a hillbilly he does get his Phillies to play well almost all of the time. He led the Phillies to a 93-69 record (57.4%) and their second N.L. pennant in a row before falling to the Yankees in the World Series. Manuel has now compiled a 447-363 record (55.2%) in his five years with the Phillies, winning the N.L. pennant twice and the World Series once. In his 8 years as a major league manager Manuel has compiled a 667-553 (54.7%) record. While he might not be the best strategist around he is a excellent motivator and his team loves playing for him.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE MANAGER IN 2010: A

The Philadelphia Phillies will have a very experienced bullpen in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 27 March 2010 at 10:30 am

The Phillies will likely have a bullpen where most of the pitchers are in their 30’s. 33-year old Brad Lidge is penciled in as the closer for 2010 but he has to pitch well to keep the job. He pitched in 67 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 0-8 with 31 saves, a 7.21 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. But, he was so good in 2008 that the Phillies will be giving him another chance. Lidge pitched in 72 games (0 starts) last season for the Phillies and he was 2-0 with 41 saves, a 1.95 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. I’m thinking that Lidge won’t be near as bad as he was in 2009 nor as good as he was in 2008.

29-year old Ryan Madson will be the top set-up for the Phillies in 2010 and he will close if Lidge can’t handle the job. Madson pitched in 79 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 5-5 with 10 saves, a 3.26 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. In his last three years with the Phillies, Madson has pitched in 193 games (0 starts) in which he was 11-9 with 12 saves, a 3.13 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Madson is a very dependable pitcher for the Phillies.

32-year old righty Danys Baez will also likely get some work late in games. Baez has pitched in 59 games (0 starts) for the Orioles last season in which he was 4-6 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Baez only gave up 59 hits in 71 2/3 innings last season as he got his groove back in 2009.

33-year old J.C. Romero will likely be the only lefty in the pen in 2010. Romero pitched in 21 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP. In his three years with the Phillies, Romero has pitched in 153 games (0 starts) in which he is 5-6 with 1 save, a 2.25 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. He has only given up 69 hits in his 112 innings with the Phillies but he has walked 76 batters which often gets him into some trouble.

32-year old righty Chad Durbin will be one of the Phillies’ middle relievers in 2010. Durbin pitched in 59 games (0 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 2-2 with 2 saves, a 4.39 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. He has now pitched in 130 games (0 starts) in his two seasons with the Phillies and he is 7-6 with 3 saves, a 3.55 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.

38-year old Jose Contreras will likely be the long man in the pen for the Phillies in 2010. He pitched in 28 games (23 starts) for the White Sox & Rockies last season in which he was 6-13 with a 4.92 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. The Phillies are hoping that Contreras will be hard for the National League to adjust to as most of his experience is in the A.L.

28-year old righty Oscar Villarreal has not pitched in the majors since 2008 with the Astros. He has pitched in 258 games (5 starts) in his six years in the majors and he is 24-15 with 1 save, a 3.86 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Villarreal has had some success in the past so be might be able to help the Phillies out some in 2010.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE BULLPEN IN 2010: C-

The Philadelphia Phillies will have a solid starting rotation in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Thursday 18 March 2010 at 4:18 pm

The Phillies have a nice righty/lefty balance in the starting rotation for 2010. 32-year old righty Roy Halladay will be the ace of the Phillies’ pitching staff this season. He started 32 games for the Blue Jays last season and he was 17-10 with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. Halladay comes right at hitters as he whiffed 208 hitters while walking only 35 of them in 239 innings last season. Think of how many more strikeouts he will get not having to pitch to DHs in 2010! Halladay has now pitched in 313 games (287 starts) in his major league career and he is 148-76 with 1 save, a 3.43 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. Halladay is a bullpen saver as he has 49 complete games (15 shutouts) in his major league career. The only way Halladay won’t win at least 20 games in 2010 is if he gets hurt.

The Phillies need a bounce back year out of 26-year old lefty Cole Hamels in 2010. He started 32 games for the Phillies last season and he was 10-11 with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Hamels has now started 116 games in his four years with the Phillies and he is 48-34 with a 3.67 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. The Phillies really hope that Hamels gets his groove back in 2010.

29-year old righty Joe Blanton is a bulldog on the mound. He doesn’t have the best stuff but he comes right at hitters. Blanton started 31 games for the Phillies last season and he was 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. If he pitches like he did in 2009 I expect that he will win around 15 games in 2010.

27-year old lefty J.A. Happ really stepped up for the Phillies last season and he will be slotted as the #4 starter in 2010. Happ pitched in 35 games (23 starts) for the Phillies last year and he was 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He only allowed 149 hits in 166 innings last season but he walked 56 batters and that is too many. Unless he cuts down on his walks I see his ERA coming way up in 2010 but regardless he will still likely win a lot of games for the Phillies in 2010.

47-year old lefty Jamie Moyer would be my pick for the #5 spot in the starting rotation for the Phillies. Everytime you count Moyer out he turns in a good season. Moyer pitched in 30 games (25 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 12-10 with a 4.94 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. In his four years with the Phillies, Moyer has pitched in 104 games (99 starts) in which he is 47-31 with a 4.49 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. I see no reason to think that Moyer won’t win at least 10 games in 2010 for the Phillies.

25-year old righty Kyle Kendrick will be the first guy into the rotation if the Phillies need some help. Kendrick pitched in 9 games (2 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 3-1 with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. He has now pitched in 60 games (52 starts) for the Phillies in his three years with them and he is 24-14 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Even if Kendrick doesn’t start the year in the rotation he should be in the bullpen.

24-year old righty Antonio Bastardo is the Phillies’ #9 prospect heading into this season according to Baseball America. Bastardo pitched in 6 games (5 starts) for the Phillies last season and he was 2-3 with a 6.46 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. He also pitched in 17 games (9 starts) in Rookie+A+AA+AAA-ball last season and he was 3-2 with 3 saves, a 2.15 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP. Bastardo is getting close to sticking in the majors.

24-year old righty Andrew Carpenter pitched in 3 games (1 start) for the Phillies last season and he was 1-0 with a 11.12 ERA and a 2.65 WHIP. He also pitched in 25 games (24 starts) in AAA-ball last season and he was 11-6 with a 3.35 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Carpenter needs a big year to regain the Phillies’ front office’s faith in him as he was once a very highly thought of prospect.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE ROTATION IN 2010: A-

The Philadelphia Phillies are expecting another big year out of Jayson Werth in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 7 March 2010 at 5:21 pm

30-year old righty swinging Jayson Werth had a true breakout season for the Phillies in 2009 and they hope he can repeat or improve on it in 2010. Werth played in 159 games for the Phillies last season and he was 153 of 571 (.268 avg, .879 OPS) with 98 runs scored, 36 homers, 99 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Werth made 4 errors in 146 games in RF for the Phillies last season but he showed good range. Werth has a cannon in RF as he had 10 assists there last season. Werth has the potential to put up a 30/30 season in 2010 for the Phillies.

28-year old righty swinging Ben Francisco will be the Phillies’ top backup in RF in 2010. He played in 18 games in RF last season and he didn’t make any errors while showing average range. Francisco also had 1 assist from RF last season.

26-year old switch hitting John Mayberry will be #3 in line in RF in 2010. He played in 39 games for the Phillies last season in which he was 12 of 57 (.211 avg, .724 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 4 homers and 8 RBIs. Mayberry whiffed 23 times for the Phillies in 2009 and that’s way too many. He played 4 error-free games in RF for the Phillies last season while showing average range and he had 1 assist while playing RF. Mayberry needs to make his move in the majors soon.

22-year old lefty swinging Domonic Brown is the Phillies’ top position prospect left. He played in 106 games in Rookie+A+AA ball in which he was 118 of 395 (.299 avg, .880 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 14 homers, 64 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. Brown will be ready for the show soon but the Phillies will likely take it slow with him in 2010.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE RF IN 2010: B+

Shane Victorino is back in CF for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 7 March 2010 at 2:43 pm

29-year old lefty swinging Shane Victorino will be the starting CF for the Phillies in 2010. He is fun to watch as he loves to get his uniform dirty. Victorino played in 156 games for the Phillies last season and he was 181 of 620 (.292 avg, .803 OPS) with 102 runs scored, 10 homers, 62 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. Victorino played in 149 games for the Phillies in CF last season and he only made 1 error but he showed pretty poor range. He does have a good throwing arm as he had 8 assists last season. Look for Victorino to be a very valuable player for the Phillies once again in 2010.

28-year old righty swinging Ben Francisco will likely be Victorino’s top backup in 2010. Francisco didn’t make any errors in 40 games in CF last season while showing good range. Francisco showed off a cannon in CF last season as he had 6 assists there last season. If anything were to happen to Victorino where he had to miss a lot of time the Phillies are confident that there wouldn’t be a huge dropoff.

32-year old lefty swinging DeWayne Wise will try to make the Phillies in 2010. He played in 84 games for the White Sox last season and he was 32 of 142 (.225 avg, .628 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 2 homers, 11 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Wise only made 1 error in 35 games in CF last season and he showed outstanding range. Wise also had 2 assists from CF showing a decent throwing arm.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CF IN 2010: B

The Philadelphia Philles are expecting big numbers out of Raul Ibanez in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 7 March 2010 at 2:23 pm

37-year old lefty swinging Raul Ibanez really swung the bat well last season for the Phillies and they expect that to continue in 2010. Ibanez played in 134 games for the Phillies last season and he was 136 of 500 (.272 avg, .899 OPS) with 93 runs scored, 34 homers and 93 RBIs. Ibanez only made 2 errors in 129 games in left field for the Phillies last season but he showed below average range. Ibanez did show off a good throwing arm last season as he had 9 assists from LF. Ibanez will be a big asset to the Philles in 2010.

28-year old righty swinging Ben Francisco will be the 4th outfielder for the Phillies in 2010 and he can handle all three spots defensively. Francisco played in 37 games for the Phillies last season and he was 27 of 97 (.278 avg, .843 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 5 homers and 13 RBIs. He played in 126 games overall last season for the Phillies & Indians in which he was 104 of 405 (.257 avg, .779 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 15 homers, 46 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Francisco played in 61 games in LF last season and he made 1 error while showing outstanding range. Look for Francisco to get a lot of action as a defensive replacement in LF in 2010.

33-year old lefty swinging Ross Gload could also play some LF in 2010 for the Phillies. He played in 125 games for the Marlins last season and he was 60 of 230 (.261 avg, .729 OPS) with 33 run scored, 6 homers and 30 RBIs. Gload will get most of his at bats as a pinch hitter this season where he will really help the Phillies in 2010. Gload played in 1 error-free game in LF for the Marlins last season.

26-year old switch hitting John Mayberry will be in spring training trying to win a bench job. He played in 26 error-free games in LF for the Phillies last season and he showed outstanding range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE LF IN 2010: B

The Philadelphia Phillies will have a new look at the hot corner in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 20 February 2010 at 11:01 am

34-year old righty swinging Placido Polanco was signed during the winter to take over as the starting 3B for the Phillies in 2010. Polanco played in 153 games for the Tigers last season and he was 176 for 618 (.285 avg, .727 OPS) with 82 runs scored, 10 homers, 72 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Polanco will be a nice improvement offensively over Pedro Feliz for the Phillies in 2010. Polanco only made 2 errors in 151 games at 2B for the Tigers last season and he showed great range. He should be a asset for the Phillies defensively also in 2010.

31-year old lefty swinging Greg Dobbs will backup Polanco in 2010. Dobbs played in 97 games for the Phillies last season and he was 38 for 154 (.247 avg, .679 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 5 homers and 20 RBIs. The Phillies are hoping that Dobbs rebounds from last season and hits his career norms of a .271 batting average with a .741 OPS. Dobbs played in 16 error-free games at 3B for the Phillies last season while showing pretty good range.

37-year old righty swinging Juan Castro will also likely get some P.T. at 3B for the Phillies in 2010. He played in 8 games at 3B for the Dodgers last season and he didn’t make any errors there while showing good range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 3B IN 2010: B

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