Phillies 26-Man Roster Prediction
After a disappointing 2019, the Philadelphia Phillies were in need of some roster improvements across the board. With the start of the league being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, here is how I think the Phillies roster will shape up, once the season gets going.
This is one of the strong points of the Phillies roster as J.T. Realmuto is arguably the best catcher in all of baseball. After leading all catchers in at bats in 2019, Realmuto will likely find himself in a similar role this season as he’ll be playing night in and night out and batting near the top of the lineup. This will leave Andrew Knapp, a catcher who has historically struggled at the plate, with a limited role.
While Hoskins’ .226 BA in 2019 is undeniably a cause for concern, the Phillies’ star first baseman managed to maintain a .364 OPB as a result of his league leading 116 walks. Hoskins is a true professional batter, but he will certainly need to improve his contact in 2020 if he wants to be mentioned alongside the league’s best first basemen.
After seven years with the Phillies, Cesar Hernandez has moved on to play with Cleveland, leaving a vacancy at second base. While Segura will likely be relegated from his role batting early in the lineup, look for him to lean on his consistent high-contact ability to contribute in his second year in Philadelphia. Walker will likely start the year on the Phillies’ bench.
Coming off of his worse statistical season as a pro, Gregorius will look to bounce back this year with the Phillies. Gregorious brings big play ability to the Phillies roster and I expect the fans at Citizens Bank Park to take to him well.
Scott Kingery was awarded with $24 million guaranteed in 2018 before ever touching a major league field. In 2019, Philly fans started to see the rewards of that contract as Kingery batted .258 with 19 home runs while playing all around the diamond. Expect Kingery to start the year at third base, but have a similar, jack-of-all-trades role in 2020. Bohm, the Phillies top prospect, likely won’t make his debut in the first game of the season. However, I expect the Phillies to bring the former third overall pick up quickly.
While some would argue that Harper’s debut season in a Phillies jersey was a disappointment, the Phillies superstar still finished top-30 in the league in OBP, HRs and RBIs at the age of just 27. The late start to the season will likely benefit Andrew McCutchen, who was not set to be ready in March. Haseley will likely start the season at center field as he looks to cement himself as an everyday player in the MLB.
The Phillies added some much needed help with the acquisition of Zack Wheeler this offseason. Aaron Nola will still be trusted as the Phillies ace and will look to push for a Cy Young this season. While Nick Pivetta and Vincent Velasquez are competing for a spot in the rotation, I expect Spencer Howard, a young exciting prospect, to earn the rotation’s final spot. There is some risk that the last three pitchers in this rotation will disappoint, but there is elite potential in the Phillies’ starters.
A group that has been a headache for both Phillies fans and management over the past several years looks much stronger entering 2020. Pivetta and Velasquez will find their home as relief pitchers. Neris will likely serve as a closer once again, a role that he has struggled with in the past. A strong competition for starting roles will leave the Phillies with excellent relievers that will be in a strong position to excel in 2020.
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Quinn provides some much needed speed both on the bags and in center field. While his bat leaves much to be desired, Quinn has a set of skills that will keep him playing at a major league level.