The Philadelphia Phillies had a literally so-so first half as they finished it with a 48-48 (50%) record. The Phillies are in 3rd place in the N.L. East, 6.5 games behind the Braves. The Phillies are also 5.5 games behind the Reds for the last Wild Card spot in the N.L. Here is a look at the players that made the biggest impacts in the first half of the 2013 season for the Phillies, in my opinion:
TEAM MVP: Domonic Brown – 25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Domonic Brown has been by far the best player on the Phillies so far in 2013. He has played in 95 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 97 of 355 (.273 avg, .856 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 23 homers, 67 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Brown is leading the Phillies in runs scored (49), homers (23) and RBIs (67) so far this year. Brown is rewarding the Phillies for the patience they have showed with him over the years.
BIGGEST SURPRISE: Jonathan Pettibone – 22-year old righty starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone came into this season as the Phillies’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America, but he wasn’t supposed to pitch for them until very late in the season at best. An injury to Roy Halladay opened up a spot in the rotation and Pettibone has taken advantage of it so far this year. Pettibone has pitched in 16 games (all starts) for the Phillies so far this year and he is 5-3 with a 3.89 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Carlos Ruiz – 34-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Ruiz started the 2013 season late due to a 25-game suspension for testing positive for Adderall. He has played in only 40 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 34 of 127 (.268 avg, .613 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 0 homers, 6 RBIs and 1 stolen base.