Phillies Player Review: Ty Wigginton

Posted by Corey Seidman, Mon, October 15, 2012 07:00 AM | Comments: 17
2012 Player Reviews

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Our 2012 player reviews continue today with our first bench player: Ty Wigginton.

Wigginton was traded to the Phillies from the Rockies on Nov. 20, 2011 for a player to be named later or cash. Colorado needed to shed some salary, and they eventually signed Michael Cuddyer to be a rich man’s Wigginton.

In Wigginton, the Phils acquired a righthanded bench bat who could play first base, third base and left field. He was due $4 million in 2012, but the Rockies paid half.

On the surface it was a shrewd move. Platoon Wigginton with a lefthanded hitting first baseman and you might get decent enough production to offset some of the loss of Ryan Howard for the first half of the season.

Things didn’t work out. And, at 35, Wigginton’s career may be a year or so away from completion.

He started 44 games for the Phillies at first base and 13 at third base. The 11-year vet didn’t give them as much offense as either side would have wanted — he hit .235/.314/.375 with 11 HR and 43 RBI.

Much of that offense came in four games against the Mets, in which Wigginton had four homers and 13 RBI.

He was a butcher at third base. Not that errors always tell the story, but Wigginton had eight in 48 innings at the hot corner. According to Fangraphs, he cost the Phillies 11.2 runs on defense. That was the primary determinant of a -0.7 WAR.

When Howard returned, Wigginton did little as a pinch-hitter. He was 9-for-44 with two extra-base hits and 13 strikeouts off the bench.

His hits weren’t too timely. With runners in scoring position, Wigginton hit .192.

Wigginton finished with a .689 OPS. Just a bit higher than 2007 Wes Helms (.665).

The move can’t really be criticized because the Phillies only paid $2 million for Wigginton’s services. Ruben Amaro Jr. could have further fortified his bench, but when he essentially purchased Wigginton, he didn’t know Chase Utley would miss 76 games to start the season. Had Amaro known that he’d be without his No. 3 and No.4 hitters , maybe he would have gone after a better backup corner infielder.

Ty Wigginton’s 2012 grade: D+

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  • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

    corey all i have to say about wiggy is no comment!

    • Posts: 5283 Lefty

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      I just gotta say, Ryne, you might be the first person in PN history to write no comment in the comments section. :-)

      I know you’ve got more than that, old fella. Come on, say what you really want to!

      I think the grade for “Hands of Stone” was perfect. I’m astonished he only played 13 games at third base, it sure seemed like more.

  • Posts: 0 BART SHART

    If he could only field….just a little bit at third base. His best days are past him. We need younger blood at the utility position.

  • Posts: 0 Psujoe

    I don’t see Wiggington back unless they go with Frandsen.

  • Posts: 0 Jaron B

    D+/C- is ny grade… a bit more lenient since he was a bench player. Not the most detrimental to the team unless he was at 3B. My WAR: 0

  • Posts: 0 Alison

    Please, do not have him here in 2013!

  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P


    The face of the 2012 season… like the season, Ty, we can’t wait to forget you.

    Honestly, I hated Ty Wigginton since day one. I hate his smirky grill and I hated the fact that we took on a guy that the lowly Rockies were willing to pay to make go away. We were looking for lightning in a bottle and unfortunately, Wigginton turned out to be what his career numbers suggest he is… an aging veteran with very few useful skills. Let’s move on…

  • Posts: 0 Scott

    I didn’t like Wigginton at the beginning of the season and her certainly did nothing to chage m mind. I felt like he was not a team player and I never felt like he was hustling or caring. Everytime charlie put him in to pinch hit, i said to myself, here we go again. Pop out to outfield or deep infield. really wanted posednik to make the club.

    • Posts: 0 Jeff Dowder

      I think Wigginton definitely was a “team player” and I also believe that he both “hustled” and “cared”. The only think he was lacking was talent.

    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Pods would have replaced Pierre. Never much question as to whether Wigginton would make the team.

  • Posts: 1135 EricL

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    More like Ty Suckington. I really don’t see how he has any value at the major league level anymore.

  • Posts: 0 Bob in Bucks

    Ah, how short our memories.

    Wigginton did an acceptable job in the first two months of the year when at first base where he provided some sorely needed power. Once first base was occupied there was no where to go and he can’t play another position and was ineffective as a PH.

    Before All Star Break 231 AB
    Avg .247 HR 9 OPS .716

    After All Star Break 84 AB
    Avg. .202 HR 2 OPS .613

    With regular play he can be a decent 1B or DH for the money as he remains a power threat.

    Seems like a guy I knew…Raul Ibanez. 2012 Salary 1 million.

  • Posts: 0 Jack Nydick

    Just another of Amaro’s CHEAP moves. Not knowing about Utley is no excuse. The bench & bullpen sucked again. Kratz, Fransden, &Orr can stay; the rest of the bench gets jettisoned.

    • Posts: 0 psujoe

      In hind sight I would’ve liked to have seen Frandsen at 2B(his natural position) after Galvis went down.

    • Posts: 5283 Lefty

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      Just another of Amaro’s cheap moves?? Seriously??

      You do understand there is an L.T. to be paid if you go over the threshold right? The Phils were, at that time, over or very close to the threshold by most estimates. He had no choice but to make some “CHEAP” moves man. It would be nice if you could load up your roster with the highest paid guys, but the cost and subsequent tax would make even upper deck nose bleeds completely unaffordable. They don’t have a primo TV contract like some other clubs, yet they still have one of the highest payrolls. I actually wish they’d spend less, but that’s a whole other conversation. For now, you need to understand that this team has spent freely, so yes they have to make some inexpensive moves to remain affordable for the average fan. The entire roster can’t be highly paid, no team, not even the Yankees is. If your gripe is that the money to the highly paid players hasn’t been spread around wisely, that is also another conversation, but to complain about Amaro being unwilling to spend is ludicrous.

  • Posts: 0 George

    Wigginton wasn’t bad in the first half, when he actually got some playing time (he wasn’t particularly good, either). His numbers crashed when he didn’t get regular at bats, which is fairly common. He was signed to fill a need, which was mostly for the time Howard was sidelined, so I can’t really gripe much except about his attempts to play 3B.

    I don’t see any use for him in 2013, though.

    With Ryan Howard scoring a “D” and now Wiggy with a “D+,” I can’t wait to see what Michael Martinez gets. With these kinds of ratings, Mini would have to come in somewhere around F-triple minus.

  • Posts: 0 hk

    A grade of D+ is charitable. Wigginton deserves an F. He was below replacement level. This move was destined to fail from the start. Wigginton was always a poor fielder and his hitting had declined to the extent that he produced a .318 wOBA over the three seasons prior to his acquisition, a number that would have been worse if not for the fact that he played one of those seasons with Coors Field as his home.

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