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The Philadelphia Phillies are hoping for a bounceback season out of Jimmy Rollins in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 20 February 2010 at 10:50 am

31-year old switch hitting Jimmy Rollins played in 155 games for the Phillies last season and he was 168 for 672 (.250 avg, .719 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 21 homers, 77 RBIs and 31 stolen bases. The Phillies are hoping that Rollins hits up to his career norms of a .274 batting average with a .768 OPS. Rollins only made 6 errors in 155 games at SS last season for the Phillies but he showed poor range. The Phillies need Rollins focused all year long both in the field and at bat in 2010.

37-year old righty swinging Juan Castro will backup Rollins at short in 2010. He played in 57 games for the Dodgers last season and he was 31 for 112 (.277 avg, .650 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 1 homer and 9 RBIs. Castro only made 1 error in 28 games at SS for the Dodgers last season but he showed pretty pathetic range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SS IN 2010: B

Chase Utley is in line to have a great 2010 season for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 6 February 2010 at 11:18 am

Last season 31-year old lefty swinging Chase Utley came into spring training with a bad hip but this year he is healthy and that bodes well for both him and the Phillies. Utley played in 156 games for the Phillies last season and he was 161 for 571 (.282 avg, .905 OPS) with 112 runs scored, 31 homers, 93 RBIs and 23 stolen bases. I look for him to top those numbers in 2010. In his five years as a full-time starter, Utley is averaging 110.6 runs scored, 29.2 homers, 101.4 RBIs and 15.4 stolen bases per year! Utley made 12 errors in 155 games at 2B for the Phillies but he showed good range. Basically, Chase Utley is the best 2B on the planet Earth right now.

37-year old righty swinging Juan Castro will backup Utley this season. He played in 20 games for the Dodgers at 2B last season and he made 2 errors while showing good range. Castro is not much of a hitter though so the Phillies can’t afford to be without Utley this season.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2B IN 2010: A+

Ryan Howard will likely be awesome again in 2010 for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Thursday 28 January 2010 at 1:17 pm

30-year old lefty swinging 1B Ryan Howard is the main man in the line-up for the Phillies without a doubt. He played in 160 games for the Phillies last season and he was 172 for 616 (.279 avg, .931 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 45 homers, 141 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. There is no reason to think that Howard won’t put up his usual eye-popping numbers again in 2010 for the Phillies. He has averaged 102 runs scored, 49.5 homers and 143 RBIs per season in his first four full years in the majors. His bat more than makes up for his mitt. He made 14 errors (most in the majors) in 156 games at 1B for the Phillies last season.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 1B IN 2010: A

The Philadelphia Phillies are in decent shape at catcher for 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 20 January 2010 at 1:42 pm

The Phillies have a good set-up at catcher as they have a pair of excellent defenders behind the plate. 31-year old righty swinging Carlos Ruiz will likely get the most playing time. He played in 107 games last season for the Phillies and he was 82 for 322 (.255 avg, .780 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 9 homers and 43 RBIs. It’s hard to expect much more out of Ruiz as a hitter but the Phillies would be ecstatic with a repeat of his 2009 season. Ruiz only made 3 errors and he only had 1 passed ball in 107 games for the Phillies last season. He only threw out 20% of the runners trying to steal on him last season but Phillies’ pitchers had a 4.00 ERA with him behind the plate so they like throwing to him.

33-year old lefty swinging Brian Schneider will back-up Ruiz this season but it won’t likely be a platoon with Ruiz expected to play more. Schneider played in 59 games for the Mets last season and he was 37 for 170 (.218 avg, .627 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 3 homers and 24 RBIs. The Phillies hope that Schneider will hit more like his career norms of .251 with a .697 OPS. Schneider only made 1 error and he had only 1 passed ball in 57 games behind the plate last season. Schneider also threw out 32% of the runners trying to steal on him last season and Mets’ pitchers had a 4.63 with him behind the plate.

33-year old righty swinging Paul Hoover will likely start the season in AAA and get a call to the show if the Phillies need help. He played in 3 games for the Phillies last season and he was 3 for 4 (.750 avg, 1.500 OPS) with 1 RBI. He also played in 73 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 62 for 245 (.253 avg, .668 OPS) with 26 runs scored, 1 homers and 28 RBIs. Hoover didn’t make any errors or have any passed balls in 11 innings behind the plate for the Phillies last season. He was 0 for 2 throwing out base stealers last season and Phillies’ pitchers had a 6.55 ERA with him behind the plate.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2010: C+

2009 could be the season that Jayson Werth truly breaks out for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 4 April 2009 at 5:14 pm

29-year old righty swinging Jayson Werth finally got his chance to show what he could do in 2008 platooning in RF with Geoff Jenkins who is now departed. Werth will be the every day RF for the first time in his major league career. Werth played in 134 games for the Phillies last season and he was 114 for 418 (.273 avg, .861 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 24 homers, 67 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Werth didn’t make any errors in 88 games in RF last season for the Phillies while showing average range. He also had 7 assists in those games showing how strong his arm is.

Matt Stairs will be Werth’s back up in 2009. He played in 10 games in RF last season making 0 errors while showing average range.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: B

Shane Victorino is looking to build on his success from 2008 for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 4 April 2009 at 5:09 pm

28-year old switch hitting Shane Victorino broke out for the Phillies last season in his first legit starting role. He played in 146 games for the Phillies last season and he was 167 for 570 (.293 avg, .799 OPS) with 102 runs scored, 14 homers, 58 RBIs and 36 stolen bases. He didn’t show much range in CF but he only made 2 errors there in 139 games for the Phillies. Look for another good season out of Victorino in 2009.

31-year old righty swinging Jason Ellison could be the backup in CF for the Phillies in 2009. He played in 9 games for the Rangers last season and he was 3 for 13 (.231 avg, .517 OPS) with 5 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Ellison also played in 120 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 114 for 477 (.239 avg, .647 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 2 homers, 45 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. He is a decent center fielder defensively.

25-year old righty swinging John Mayberry Jr. also might have a good chance of showing up in Philly some time in 2009. He played in 135 games in AA+AAA ball last season and he was 137 for 519 (.264 avg, .797 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 20 homers, 71 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: B

Raul Ibanez is ready to tear it up in 2009 for the Philadelphia Phillies

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 4 April 2009 at 5:02 pm

36-year old lefty swinging Raul Ibanez is taking over for the departed Pat Burrell in LF in 2009. Ibanez played in all 162 games for the Mariners last season and he was 186 for 635 (.293 avg, .837 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 23 homers and 110 RBIs. Look for Ibanez’ power to increase due to his new home field. Ibanez played in 153 games in LF for the Mariners last season and he made 5 errors while showing pretty good range. Ibanez also had 9 assists last season and he should be a huge improvement over Pat Burrell defensively in LF.

41-year old lefty swinging Matt Stairs will back up both the starting corner outfielders for the Phillies in 2009. Stairs played in 121 games for the Blue Jays and Phillies last season in which he was 85 for 337 (.252 avg, .750 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 13 homers and 49 RBIs. Stairs didn’t make any errors in 9 games in LF last season but he showed absolutely terrible range.

34-year old righty swinging Pablo Ozuna might also make the Phillies in 2009. He played in 68 games for the Dodgers and White Sox last season in which he was 25 for 96 (.260 avg, .634 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 1 homer, 9 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Ozuna has played in 309 games in his major league career and he has a batting average of .282 with a .677 OPS.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: A-

Will Pedro Feliz be ready to go this season for the Philadelphia Phillies?

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 15 March 2009 at 4:29 pm

33-year old righty swinging Pedro Feliz had a bad back last season that hampered his play on the field. The Phillies are hoping that he’ll stay healthy in 2009. Feliz played in 133 games for the Phillies last season and he was 106 for 425 (.249 avg, .704 OPS) with 43 runs scored, 14 homers and 58 RBIs. Feliz’ best skill set is his defense as he only made 8 errors in 129 games at 3B for the Phillies while showing good range.

30-year old lefty swinging Greg Dobbs is the top backup at 3B for the Phillies. He played in 128 games for the Phillies last season in which he was 68 for 226 (.301 avg, .824 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 9 homers, 40 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. He only made 3 errors in 52 games at 3B last season while showing pretty good range.

The Phillies have been prepping their #4 rated prospect, 24-year old righty swinging Jason Donald for 3B in case Feliz isn’t ready to go on Opening Day. He played in 92 games in AAA-ball last season in which he was 111 for 362 (.307 avg, .888 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 14 homers, 54 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. Donald is a natural shortstop so he would likely be able to handle 3B easily.

Veterans Miguel Cairo and Pablo Ozuna both also could help out at 3B off the bench. Cairo played 19 games there for the Mariners last season and he only made 1 error while showing pretty good range. Ozuna played in 17 games at 3B last season and he made 4 errors while showing pretty good range.

The biggest wild card for the Phillies at 3B could be 29-year old righty swinging Terry Tiffee. Tiffee played in 6 games for the Dodgers last season and he was 1 for 4 (.250 avg). Tiffee had a breakout season in AAA for himself playing in 93 games and going 148 for 392 (.378 avg, .977 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 9 homers and 69 RBIs.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: C

The Philadelphia Phillies expect a rebound year from Jimmy Rollins in 2009

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Friday 13 March 2009 at 7:39 pm

30-year old switch hitting shortstop Jimmy Rollins had a off year at the plate in 2008 after winning the N.L. MVP Award in 2007. The Phillies expect that Rollins will rebound in a big way in 2009. Rollins played in 137 games for the Phillies last season and he was 154 for 556 (.277 avg, .786 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 11 homers, 59 RBIs and 47 stolen bases. Rollins was still very good in the field making only 7 errors in 132 games at shortstop for the Phillies last season while showing good range.

Eric Bruntlett will be Rollins’ caddy for the 2009 season. He made 4 errors in 35 games at shortstop last season for the Phillies while showing slightly below average range. It’s imperative that Jimmy Rollins stays healthy because the dropoff to Bruntlett is huge.

34-year old righty swinging Jorge Velandia will likely start the season in AAA and provide organizational depth at shortstop. He played in 10 games for the Indians and Blue Jays last season in which he was 3 for 15 (.200 avg, .517 OPS) with 1 run scored. He also played in 80 games in AAA-ball last season in which he was 70 for 300 (.233 avg) with 34 runs scored, 3 homers and 20 RBIs. Don’t expect much out of him in 2009.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: A-

The Philadelphia Phillies need a healthy Chase Utley for 2009

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 1 March 2009 at 8:47 pm

30-year old lefty swinging Chase Utley had hip surgery in the off season but he’s way ahead of schedule in his rehab. He’s hoping to be ready for Opening Day and the defending World Champs really need him. He played in 159 games for the Phillies last season and he was 177 for 607 (.292 avg, .915 OPS) with 113 runs scored, 33 homers, 104 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Utley has good range at 2B but he made 13 errors in 159 games at 2B last season. Still, Utley is one of the best all around players in the N.L. and the Phillies can’t afford to be without him for any period of time.

30-year old righty swinging Eric Bruntlett will battle for a reserve job this spring. He played in 120 games for the Phillies last season and he was 46 for 212 (.217 avg, .594 OPS) with 37 runs scored, 2 homers, 15 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. Bruntlett only played 5 games at 2B for the Phillies last season and he made one error there while showing poor range.

34-year old righty swinging Pablo Ozuna was signed as a minor league free agent over the winter. He played in 68 games for the White Sox & Dodgers last season and he was 25 for 96 (.260 avg, .634 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 1 homer, 9 RBIs and a stolen base. Ozuna can handle 3B and the outfield on defense but he’s a natural 2B. He played in 37 games there last season and he only made 1 error while showing average range.

34-year old righty swinging Miguel Cairo also was signed over the winter to compete for a bench job in 2009. He played in 108 games for the Mariners last season and he was 55 for 221 (.249 avg, .646 OPS) with 34 runs scored, 23 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Cairo only played in 5 games at 2B for the Mariners last season but he didn’t make an error while showing outstanding range.

30-year old righty swinging Marcus Giles is also in camp trying to revive his major league career. He was last in the majors in 2007 with the San Diego Padres and he didn’t play too good for them that season. Giles has played in 792 games in his major league career to date and his batting average is .277 with a .782 OPS.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: A

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