Now that John Mayberry Jr. is hitting himself into a more prominent role, who should be Fuqua's first choice off the bench to pinch hit? Let's be honest, the Phillies bench is pretty pitiful. We've got a no-hit back-up catcher (Schneider), 3 good fielding/light hitting utility infielders (Orr, Valdez, and Martinez), a gimp (Gload), and the confusing case of Ben Francisco. Of course there's always pitchers- the power hitting Cliff Lee or aggressive Vance Worley.
*2011 AVG/OPS listed by each choice below.
*Cody Overbeck is finally starting to acclimate himself to Triple-A, as he belted his 6th homer for the Iron Pigs yesterday. That gives him 24 bombs on the season, to go along with 72 RBI. Problem being, he's a poor fielder that is now limited to first base duties, and we all know there's no future in Philly for him at that position.
*Freddy Galvis has been in the Phils minor league system for 5 seasons and until this year was an all-glove/no-bat fringe player. His defense has been MLB ready for a couple seasons, but his offense had been abysmal. 2011 is a different story, as he's hit .325 in 22 games since being promoted to Triple-A, after starting the season in Reading. For the year he's batting .281/.727 with 76 R, 42 RBI, 22 SB, and 38 XBH.
*A player you probably haven't heard much about is Carlos Alonso, currently in Single-A Lakewood. He was drafted in the 32nd round last in 2010 and made in inconspicuous debut last year (.265/.762). This year in 2 stops he's batting .333/.911 while playing solid defense at 2nd base and showing good plate discipline (23 BB:14 K). He's already 23, so we'll see how he does as he climbs the chain.