Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, October 30, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 7
Martinez is in rare company: the bottom 1.6% of all-time in on-base plus slugging among the 5238 players with at least 300 plate appearances.
The Phillies had four players accrue between 26 and 100 PA in 2013. In most years, these players are usually young, up-and-coming players who are getting a brief look at the Major League level. This was not necessarily the case with this crop for the Phillies.
For our reviews of the seven players who had 25 or less plate appearances, click here.
Martinez hit .175/.175/.175 in 2013 in 40 PA, worth negative 0.5 win, placing him among the least valuable per plate appearance in the Majors. Martinez’s .495 career OPS ranks 5135th out of 5238 Major Leaguers with at least 300 career PA, placing him in the bottom 1.6% of non-pitchers, all-time. Of course, the Phillies designated Martinez for assignment after another below-average season. And of course, the Phillies re-signed Martinez after he elected free agency. Grade: F-
Wells was one of two players the Phillies had that was, at some point, on five Major League rosters in 2013. Wells hit just .042/.115/.083 in just 26 PA with the Phillies and was inactive for most of September after having Lasik surgery to correct his vision. Wells’ most memorable moment as a Phillie came on August 24 when he got two outs as a pitcher before surrendering five earned runs against the Arizona Diamondbacks, before being relieved by the other Major Leaguer to play on five teams in 2013, John McDonald. Wells declined an outright assignment to Triple-A and became a free agent. Wells will be 29 in 2014 .230/.299/.395 career hitter and risks becoming a career Quad-A player without a monster Spring Training. Grade: F
Quintero was brought into the Phillies catching fold, quite coincidentally, a day before Carlos Ruiz was suspended for violating the league’s substance policy. In 68 PA, Quintero hit a modest .250/.294/.406 with two homers, serving as a back up to Erik Kratz and then Ruiz when Kratz was injured. Quintero filled in nicely as a back-up and latched on with the Mariners after electing free agency when he was designated for assignment. Grade: B-
The Shark joined the Phils on August 21, two days after being released by the division rival Washington Nationals. Bernadina hit just .187/.256/.347, in what was a slight improvement over his time earlier in the season with the Nationals, in a full-time roll in the Phillies outfield. Bernadina was worth the small investment for the rest of the year to see if he could duplicate his 2012 season (.291/.372/.405, 5 HR, 15 SB in 261 PA) but it was not to be. Bernadina was worth the roll of the dice but it ultimately just didn’t pay off. Grade: F+