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2013 Player Reviews

Phillies Player Review: Chase Utley

Posted by Martin Shnayder, Sat, December 14, 2013 09:45 AM Comments: 13

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From 2010 through 2012, Kashmir by Led Zeppelin was noticeably absent from the speakers at Citizens Bank Park for a good chunk of games.

Chase Utley had missed a combined 185 games in the three seasons prior to 2013. The majority of that time missed was due to chondromalacia patellae in his knees. Utley was diagnosed with a chronic knee problem that left him averaging just .263 from 2010-2012 with a combined 38 home runs.

To put that in perspective, Utley had a hitting average of .302 with a combined 86 home runs from 2007-2009. It looked like the man who tied Reggie Jackson for the most home runs in a World Series in 2009, was nearing the end of his career as a star second baseman and face of the Philadelphia Phillies franchise.

However, Utley had a resurgence of sorts in 2013. For the first time since 2010 Utley was the starting second baseman for the Phillies on opening day. After tweaking his offseason program Utley claimed his knee problems were a thing of the past and that he was healthy. He managed to prove that by playing 131 games in 2013 his most since 2009.

The total number of games played wasn’t the only thing up for Utley in 2013, as his batting average of .284 was his highest since 2008. Utley also put up his highest isolated power average since 2009 with .191. The Phillies offense struggled mightily in 2013 and Utley was one of the few players on the team who was able to create runs.

Utley’s wRC+ (Weighted Runs Created) was 126 which was the highest on the team and 26% above the league average. One could tell just by watching Utley play that he looked healthier and more effective. With that said, there is no denying that despite the improvement, Utley he was no longer the same all-star caliber second baseman that he’d been from 2005-2010, especially on defense.

The one part of Chase’s game that has rapidly declined is his defense. Utley’s 17 errors last season were his most since 2006. The 2013 season marked the first time in Utley’s career where he had a dWAR in the negatives, at -0.2. Prior to this past season Utley had never had a dWAR below 1.0 aside from 2003 when he played in his first 43 games as a pro. It’s going to be difficult for the Phillies to be successful moving forward with suspect defensive play from Utley. It remains to be seen if this is an area of Utley’s game that can be recovered.

On August 7th, Utley signed a two-year contract extension worth $27 million. However, the contract can max out at five years and $75 million due to certain vesting options. If Utley can stay healthy he will get paid. If he doesn’t, 2015 could be his last season in a Phillies uniform.

It’s clear the Phillies need Utley (and some others) to stay healthy to be a playoff team again. He may never put up all-star numbers again, but the Phillies offense can be successful if he puts up similar numbers to 2013.

It was clear that he was able to use his knees more to drive the ball when batting, always a great sign for an aging hitter. The power that had been painfully missing from him the previous few years seemed to return. Most importantly, Utley’s presence and work ethic in the clubhouse is something the Phillies front office and fans alike cherish. Utley can still produce, especially offensively at a position where getting offense is difficult.

Grade B+:
A lot of this grade has to do with Utley remaining healthy for the majority of the season. On top of that he was one of the few Phillies who were productive at the plate for an entire season. The questions that loom as we approach 2014 is if he can remain healthy and improve defensively. Those questions remain unanswered, however, Utley’s 2013 showed that he is back. Phillies fans would love to hear Kashmir blasting through the Citizens Bank Park speakers for all 81 home games in 2014.

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Phillies Player Review: Jimmy Rollins

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Fri, December 13, 2013 05:45 PM Comments: 22

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After batting .250 with 23 HRs and 68 RBIs in 2012, Jimmy Rollins experienced a career worst 2013 batting .252 with only six HRs and 39 RBIs. The former National League MVP struggled mightily with the bat, especially when it came to extra base hits, racking up just 44 with 36 doubles, 6 HRs, and tying a career low with only 2 triples. Rollins also experienced career lows in slugging percentage (.348) and OPS (.667).

As a base stealer, Rollins stole a career low 22 bases in a season where he played more than 100 games. His low OBP of .318 did not help his cause.

On opening day, Rollins was the Phillies’ two-hole hitter with Charlie Manuel electing to go with the younger Ben Revere in the leadoff spot. That did not last long, however, as injuries to Revere and Chase Utley forced Rollins to move around the Phillies lineup. Rollins started 63 games batting leadoff, 51 games batting second, and 37 games batting third.

Out of the three, Rollins struggled the most batting leadoff with a .243 BA and a .290 OBP. He found the most success batting third, posting a .259 BA with a .351 OBP. While Rollins struggled offensively, he was one of the Phillies’ most clutch hitters, batting .291 and driving in 32 runs with RISP. Rollins finished the 2013 season on a strong offensive note, posting a .292 BA with 9 doubles and a season high .370 OBP in September.

Defensively, Rollins was once again solid. His .982 fielding percentage ranked 5th out of 20 qualifying shortstops while his 11 errors ranked 6th. Despite his age, the 35 year old still showed a strong arm and good range posting a 4.19 RF (Range Factor) which ranked 9th in MLB.

Staying on the field was not an issue for Rollins as he played in 160 of the Phillies’ 162 games and was the only everyday starter to play more than 140 games. Even at age 35, Rollins proved that he is capable of staying on the field, which cannot be taken for granted considering the Phillies’ recent history with injuries.

Grade: C-
Jimmy Rollins’ season was one of inconsistency with both his bat and his spot in the lineup. Due to injuries and younger players getting opportunities, Rollins was unable to find a home in the Phillies lineup, and was never able to succeed in any one spot. His power numbers fell substantially, only hitting 6 HRs after hitting 23 in 2012 J-Roll is not getting any younger, and 2013 could be the beginning of his decline as an effective Major League hitter. Despite this, he is still one of the best defensive shortstops in the league and his ability to stay on the field has to be encouraging for Ryne Sandberg.

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Phillies Player Review: Ryan Howard

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, December 09, 2013 08:47 AM Comments: 10

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Another year, another disappointing, injury-plagued season for Ryan Howard.

Jumping in the way-back machine to 2012, Howard would play in just 71 games that season following his recovery from the torn Achilles tendon injury suffered at the conclusion of 2011. This past year, it was a meniscus tear in his left knee that would sideline him after just 80 games, his finale a 1-for-4 line against the Braves on July 5 in which he smacked his final home run of the year. The three-time All-Star and 2006 MVP was a shell of his former self, completing the 2013 campaign with a .266 average, just 11 homers, and 43 RBI.

His .718 OPS in 2012, actually rose to .783 in ’13. Those two figures still represent the lowest OPS totals, by far, during Howard’s illustrious career. And although the slugging first baseman has been sapped by leg injuries the past two seasons, his GM, Ruben Amaro Jr., managed to find a silver lining when announcing the meniscus tear in July:

“It could have been much more significant damage. We don’t want any of our players on the DL. But we know what it is and it’s treatable. Hopefully we can get him back in time to play this year.”

That never happened. Howard missed the remainder of the 2013 season with the Phillies far out of playoff contention.

In the midst of a much-discussed five-year, $125 million deal, Howard has yet to live up to the lofty numbers of the contract and the expectations that arrive with them. It has been two years since we’ve seen the Ryan Howard that Philadelphia fell in love with; the mammoth home run hitter able to change the course of a game with the flick of a wrist. He says that man still exists, as he told Todd Zolecki:

“Can I be a 30-100 guy?” he said. “Yeah, I definitely think so. I believe in my ability. I hear what people say. It’s cool. You guys are all entitled to your opinions. But let’s say I come back and I do what I do. Then what? If I come back and put up numbers like ’07, ’08, ’09, then what? Are we having these conversations?”

Setting aside your thoughts on the extension he inked during the 2011 season, Howard needs to be correct in his self-assessment if the Phillies are to go anywhere in 2014. But for 2013, it was more disappointment, more injuries, more of the same for an aging Phillies roster.

Grade: D: I won’t give him a complete failure although you could make an argument for it. Howard did produce some when in the lineup, although the Phillies probably would have been better off with a Darin Ruf platoon or just sitting Howard altogether at times. His future depends on healthy legs. Will he ever truly recover?

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Phillies Player Review: Delmon Young

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Wed, December 04, 2013 12:40 PM Comments: 2

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Back in January of 2013, the Phillies signed Delmon Young to a one-year, $750,000 contract in the hopes that he would become their everyday right fielder. More importantly, the Phillies were hoping that Young would provide the right handed power that they have been missing since the departure of Jayson Werth in 2010.

The signing of Young was one that left Phillies fans scratching their heads. For starters, Young had not played right field in six years. He also only cracked 20 home runs once in his career, hitting 21 with Minnesota in 2010. The out-of-shape 28-year old is notoriously bad on defense which is why he spent the majority of his career as a designated hitter in the AL. He lacked speed which affected his mobility in the outfield, and ankle surgery, which would put him on the 15-day DL for the start of the 2013 season, wouldn’t help. The only plus side to his defense was his above average arm which allowed him to rack up 16 outfield assists in 2007.

Character issues also made Young a questionable signing. Back in 2006 while playing in the minors, Young was suspended for throwing a bat at an umpire after a disputed called third strike. He was also arrested for aggravated assault in 2012. Having good character players in the clubhouse is something that the Phillies have prided themselves on and Young did not fit the profile.

Due to ankle surgery in the offseason, Young started the 2013 season the the 15-day DL. He made is debut with the Phillies on April 30th against the Indians and homered in his first at bat, finishing the day 2-for-3. While this first game gave Phillies fans some hope, they were ultimately left in disappointment. Young never found his stride throughout the season although he enjoyed a productive June by batting .307 with three HR and 15 RBIs. His defensive faults were apparent throughout the season as he committed five errors and had trouble covering ground. After 80 games, the Phillies designated Young for assignment and eventually released him after he refused to play for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He was signed by the Tampa Bay Rays on August 22nd.

Grade: D - The Delmon Young experiment was a total let down. While he enjoyed one productive stretch, he was unable to be the right handed power bat the Phillies were hoping for. His defense made him a liability in right despite his above average arm which earned him 4 outfield assist, but it was not enough to make Phillies fans forgive this disappointment. Now it’s your turn, Marlon Byrd.

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Phillies Nation Player Review: Carlos Ruiz

Posted by Martin Shnayder, Wed, November 27, 2013 08:28 AM Comments: 27

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If you attended one of the first 25 games of the 2013 Philadelphia Phillies season you may have noticed the absence of a familiar sound.

“Chooooooooooooooch”

The longtime starting catcher and fan favorite, Carlos Ruiz was suspended for the first 25 games of the 2013 season for testing positive for an amphetamine, Adderall. Ruiz wouldn’t make his debut until April 28 against the New York Mets at Citi Field.

His return wouldn’t last long, as he was placed on the DL on May 20 with a Grade 2 strained hamstring. Suddenly, his career year in 2012 felt like it was forever long ago, and people began to wonder if it was the banned substance he was taking that had to do with his 2012 season.

Ruiz struggled to get going in 2013 and he finished the year hitting only .268, his worst batting average since 2009. Overall, it was Ruiz’s worst offensive season since 2008 as he also finished with a .368 SLG percentage and a dismal .688 OPS. It was clear from his first game back that he was playing catch up and wasn’t seeing the ball. Ruiz was no longer the player keeping the Phillies alive in the 2012 playoff race, but rather another part of a disappointing 2013 ball club. Ruiz’s WAR dropped from 5.2 in 2012 to just 1.4 in 2013 according to FanGraphs’.

One area where Ruiz continued to excel was calling games behind the plate. There’s a reason why Roy Halladay loves pitching to him; Ruiz is arguably the best catcher in the league when it comes to calling games and is highly respected by his coaches and peers across the league. It’s not a complete coincidence that Cole Hamels began turning his season around after Ruiz returned behind the plate. Chooch could be partly responsible for the turn-around for the young pitchers such as Justin De Fratus, B.J. Rosenberg, Jake Diekman, and Ethan Martin. They all went on to have successful second halves in the bullpen.

Ruiz remained effective on defense as well, especially when it came to blocking pitches. Ruiz’s RPP (Passed Pitch Runs), which calculates the number of runs above / below average a catcher is at blocking pitches, was still well above average at 1.8 last season. Chooch’s dWAR remained around his career average at 0.9 as well. Ruiz was certainly not a defensive liability in 2013 for the Phillies.

The 34-year-old Panamanian, who recently signed a 3 year, $26 million contract to remain in Philadelphia, was able to close out the 2013 season strong, posting a .795 OPS in his final 43 games. By the end of the season it seemed as if Ruiz was finally able to “catch up.” Unfortunately, it was a little too late salvage what had been a miserable year.

The Phils brass are hoping that his strong finish carries over into 2014 and beyond, their belief being evident with the fresh contract.

Grade: C-:  The 2013 campaign didn’t start the way Carlos Ruiz would have liked with the 25-game suspension, and it never really seemed to get better. It was a sharp offensive decline for a man who was supposed to help the Phillies out with their woes against left-handed pitching. However, Chooch remained a leader in the clubhouse and continued to command the pitching staff as well as any catcher in the league. If Ruiz can continue to be that leader and build off of his final 50 games from last season than the chants of, “Choooooooch” may once again return in loud fashion in 2014.

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Phillies Nation Player Review: Domonic Brown

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Mon, November 25, 2013 12:00 PM Comments: 10

It’s certainly tough to look at Domonic Brown‘s season as a whole and make any kind of universal judgement about how he did. At times he was the most prolific home run hitter in the National League, and at other times he looked lost. Of course, some of his lack of production later on was the result of a concussion and having to miss time, but it nonetheless led to one of the most lopsided seasons in recent memory.

During the early part of the season, it looked as if Brown was to continue on the trajectory that he had been on the previous few years. His average was down, and his power way down. After a month of play, he had recorded a slash line of just .233/.309/.372-dismal by any standard. His power was non-existent. He clubbed three home runs and had only three doubles. Those were the only three extra base hits of the month for him.

When the calendar turned, it was like a switch went off.

Domonic Brown clubbed 23 home runs and drove in 67 by the All-Star Break, but a concussion and some drop in performance left his second half one to be forgotten.

Domonic Brown clubbed 23 home runs and drove in 67 by the All-Star Break, but a concussion and some drop in performance left his second half one to be forgotten.

Six games into May, Brown had already doubled his home run total from the first 30 days of the season, and the long balls kept coming. Twelve of them in the month alone, and 25 RBI and a .303 average (along with 0 walks, figure that one out). One other player in baseball (Miguel Cabrera) had 12 home runs in the month of May, and only two others besides him (Justin Upton and Chris Davis) has 12 in any calendar month the entire season. No other National leaguer had as many RBI as Brown in the month either.

He topped it of with eight homers and 16 RBI in the final 11 games of the month alone, bringing him back to back N.L. Player of the Week honors, and eventually an N.L. Player of the Month award. A slugger had finally emerged.

He kept his torrid pace into June, assaulting opposing pitching with four round trippers and 11 RBI in the first eight days of the month. By then, he was consistently hovering around the league lead in home runs, and was almost a shoo-in for the All-Star team. He toiled a little bit to finish the month, but still recorded six homers and drove in over 20 for what would be his second extremely productive month in a row.

Then just like that, it disappeared. Brown was selected to play in the All-Star game for the N.L., but by then his numbers had taken a major hit. After hitting just .257 with three homers through the first three weeks of the month, Brown caught the injury plague that has plagued the Phillies for several seasons now. In a game against St. Louis in July 23, Brown dove for a ball in the outfield and slammed his head against the ground. The result was a concussion, which put him on the seven day minimum concussion DL the next day. He stayed there for two weeks, and when he returned he was not the same.

His home run on Aug. 14 against Atlanta would be his last of the season. After that, 91 at bats and not one resulted in a homer. He finished the season with a .272 average, 27 home runs and 83 RBI. At the All-Star Break, he had been at .273, 23 and 67. Just four home runs and 16 RBI in the second half.

Whether the extreme drop in production stemmed from not being 100 percent is unclear. It certainly had some effect, whether directly physical or just by throwing him off by not playing for two weeks. Either way, it was one of the most disappointing finished from a young player in his breakout year, when he was expected to easily eclipse 30 home runs and 100 RBI, and probably be closer to 40/110.

2013 Grade: B 

It’s tough to give Brown top marks after his dramatic decline in the second half, whether it was caused from the injury or not. No player who, for an entire half of a season puts up a 162 game average of less than 10 home runs and 40 RBI deserves an A. That being said, Brown was just about the hottest hitter in baseball for a month and some change, and carried the Phillies for the first half. He was clutch, and he was doing everything right. He still finished with extremely respectable numbers, which were by far best on the team, despite basically doing nothing for three months to end the season. There is some merit in that. And his concussion was a fluke injury. How many times do you see a guy dive and not slam his head hard enough to be concussed? All he is guilty of there is giving his all.

Some may think it’s a generous grade, some may think it’s a harsh grade, but Brown is deserving and a “B” constitutes above average work. For a budding young slugger like him, there will plenty of more chances for him to top it.

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Phillies Nation Player Review: Freddy Galvis

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Mon, November 25, 2013 11:01 AM Comments: 0

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Going into the 2013 season, the Phillies knew what they had with Freddy Galvis. A guy who could play with anybody defensively, but had trouble handling the bat. His 2013 season further justified the Phillies’ beliefs.

There’s no doubt that Galvis is a gifted defender. He has a natural ability to handle the glove and watching him play defense is truly a pleasure. But as we know, defense isn’t helping in the batters box.

In 2012, Galvis hit .226 with 3 home runs and 24 RBIs and his numbers in 2013 were similar. Galvis finished with a .234 batting average, 6 home runs, and 19 RBIs. And while Galvis he was unable to help much offensively for most of the year, he did have a strong finish to the season, hitting .309 in September. He showed a flare for the dramatic and a little power by hitting two walk off home runs; one off of Braves’ pitcher Freddy Garcia and the other against Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.

If Galvis were able to find consistency at the plate, he would be a starter-quality player. Since we know that isn’t the case, Galvis remains a utility-man, albeit a a solid one. Galvis’ true value lies in his ability to play almost any defensive position. During the 2013 season, Galvis spent time at third base, shortstop, second base, and even played some games in left field, transition to the outfield well.

Grade: C – As far as utility guys go, you can’t get much better than Freddy Galvis. His defense is exceptional, and it showed again throughout the season. However, His inconsistency hitting the ball kept him from reaching his full potential, and made him a risky start for Charlie Manuel and Ryne Sandberg.

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Phillies Nation Player Review: Michael Young

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Sun, November 24, 2013 04:58 PM Comments: 13

Michael Young provided the game-winning hit on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

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When the Phillies brought in Michael Young in December of 2012, they were not sure what they were going to get production-wise. What they did know was that they were getting a veteran, a professional, and somebody who would be a positive influence on and off the field.

The Phillies were hoping to catch lightning in a bottle when they brought in Young after a 2012 season in which he hit .277 with 8 home runs and 67 RBI with the Texas Rangers. Young was only two seasons removed from a brilliant 2011 season in which he hit .338 with 11 home runs and 106 RBIs. While his age and drop in production in 2012 could have indicated that Young’s career was beginning to decline, the Phillies still decided to take a chance on the 36 year old.

Young started off the 2013 season as the Phillies number-five hitter behind Ryan Howard while Delmon Young recovered from ankle surgery. As the season progressed, injuries forced Young to move all around the lineup. Due to his versatility as a hitter, Young was able to transition between different parts of the lineup with ease and even spent considerable time as the Phillies’ leadoff hitter in Ben Revere’s absence. Defensively, Young spent the majority of the season at third base and with the injury to Ryan Howard and the emergence of Cody Asche, spent time platooning at first base with Kevin Frandsen and Darin Ruf.

Young played 126 games with the Phillies before being traded to the Dodgers on August 31st. He hit .276 with 8 home runs and 42 RBIs while in his short stint in Philadelphia, but struggled with the double-play, grounding into 19 of them in 512 plate appearances.

Grade: C – Ultimately, Young was also able to stay healthy for a team that was once again decimated by injuries. His most important contribution was that he brought veteran leadership and set a good example for the the young players the Phillies had towards the end of the year; something that commonly gets overlooked. And although he wasn’t able to regain his 2011 form, Young basically gave what he had left. He was adequate for a team in transition.

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Phillies Nation Player Review: Kevin Frandsen

Posted by Martin Shnayder, Sat, November 23, 2013 03:18 PM Comments: 1

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If you had to guess who had the best batting average for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012, who would it be? Chase Ultey? Carlos Ruiz? Placido Polanco? Maybe even Shane Victorino?

All of those would be wrong. The correct answer would be journeyman infielder Kevin Frandsen.

Okay, so technically this isn’t true, as Frandsen did not qualify to have the highest batting average on the team since he only had 210 plate appearances and 195 registered at bats. However, he did hit .338 with a .383 OBP, which would have been second on the team had he qualified behind only Carlos Ruiz. Frandsen, at 30 years old, seemed to have finally found a home on a major league roster and quickly became a fan favorite in Philadelphia.

Unfortunately, for the Phillies and Frandsen, his small sample size of 55 games played in 2012 seemed to have been a mirage. He followed up his surprising 2012 season by getting more playing time (119 games played in 2013) filling in across the infield for Ryan Howard, Michael Young, and Chase Utley, hitting only .234 in 2013 with a .296 OBP, .341 SLG percentage, and a brutal .637 OPS.

It wasn’t all bad. Frandsen lead all of major league baseball with 14 pinch hits in 2013. A bit of bad luck could have played into his 2013 season as his BABIP (Batting Average on Balls In Play) had a sharp decline from .366 in 2012 to just .245 in 2013. Frandsen only struck out 29 times in 278 plate appearances last season which means he was at the very least making contact with the ball.

Defensively, Frandsen is as versatile as it gets playing first, second, and third base last year and doing it well. Frandsen’s Fielding Runs Above Average based on UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating) was at a career high of 1.9 in 2013 according to FanGraphs’. Frandsen obviously declined offensively, but it was clear he picked up his game defensively and became a reliable infielder at all three positions he played.

One thing that Frandsen brings to this Philadelphia Phillies ballclub that cannot be measured by any advanced statistic is his positive attitude in the clubhouse. Frandsen is well liked in the clubhouse and a guy Philadelphia fans can root for, much the same as Utley.

Frandsen’s 2013 season showed us exactly what his role should be on any major league club. He is arguably one of the best pinch hitters in the game, and can come in and step up to replace a player without being a total liability on defense. The 31-year old is eligible for arbitration this offseason and it remains unclear what the Phillies plan to do with him. However, when looking at his salary (only $850,000 last season) and everything he brings to the Phillies, it would be a surprise if the Phillies were not to bring him back as a bench bat once again.

Grade: C. It would be very easy to just look at Kevin Frandsen’s offensive numbers and give him a D or F. However, when looking more closely, you will find a player that was versatile in the field, a clutch pinch hitter, and a positive person to have in the clubhouse. It was an unrealistic expectation to have Frandsen, a journeyman for much of his career, put up his 2012 statistics with almost twice as many games played in 2013. For the amount Frandsen is paid and the fact that he was able to do whatever it was the Phillies asked of him I would consider his 2013 season average. Frandsen is a blue collar player that the Phillies would be silly to not bring back in 2014.

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Phillies Nation Player Review: Ben Revere

Posted by Martin Shnayder, Fri, November 22, 2013 08:08 AM Comments: 23

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No matter what Charlie Manuel tried having you believe at the end of the 2012 season, it was clear to Phillies analysts and fans alike that the team needed a new leadoff hitter. Jimmy Rollins was coming off one of the worst seasons of his career hitting .250 with an OBP of .316, his lowest OBP since 2009. Enter Ben Revere.

On December 6, 2012, Revere was traded to the Phillies from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for 2011 rookie sensation Vance Worley and top prospect Trevor May. After a strong spring training, Revere was officially named the opening day leadoff hitter.

Unfortunately, he started the season poorly and suffered a quadriceps injury in April that kept him out of the lineup for several games. When Revere returned in early May he saw his leadoff spot taken back by Jimmy Rollins and was demoted to the eighth spot in the lineup.

This seemed to light a fire under Revere.

By the end of May he was back at the top of the lineup as Manuel hoped to spark the offense. He did just that, and by the start of June Revere was finding his stroke. Unluckily, Revere suffered a fractured foot on July 14th after a foul ball hit him while at-bat. By this point he had raised his average to .305 on the season and his OBP to .338. He did this by hitting .407 with a .909 OPS in his final 29 games before his season-ending injury. The Phillies seemed to have finally found a worthwhile option atop their lineup. On a team that had the 7th worst OBP and 10th worst batting average in all of Major League Baseball in 2013, this was a huge loss for the Phillies and their run production.

The start of 2013 was slow for Revere, but as the days got hotter, so did he; until a broken foot ended his season prematurely. Revere will likely be the opening day center fielder for the Phillies and a crucial part of the lineup. Scoring runs has been a major problem for the Phillies the past few seasons, and they will continue to struggle without a reliable leadoff hitter to get on base. The Phillies have to hope they get the Revere they saw in June and parts of July, and not the Revere that opened the season for them in April and May.

Ben Revere could be a spark for the Phillies lineup in 2014. However, his 2013 season only lasted 88 games and was a tale of two stories. Philadelphia still isn’t quite sure in what they have with the 25-year-old centerfielder.

Grade: Incomplete- Revere played in only 88 games and struggled early, however his potential was evident before he went down with an injury. I’m holding off on a grade for him until we still him play through September and hopefully October.

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