Friday, March 08, 2013

Pointless Spring Training Update #3

*The World Baseball Classic officially begins tonight (9 PM on MLB Network) for Team USA, as they face Team Mexico.  Jimmy Rollins will be starting at SS.  Wonder if manager Joe Torre will bat him leadoff. 

*Domonic Brown remains a man on a mission, and that mission is to finally live up to all the hype of his elite prospect tag.  He's currently batting .400/1.280 with 13 R, 5 XBH, and 6 BB.

*The Phillies pitching staff surrendered 3 homeruns to Twins prospect Aaron Hicks yesterday.  He only had 13 homeruns last season in 563 at bats.

*Ryan Howard has played in every Grapefruit League game so far, but finally gets a day off today.  Charlie Manuel said he wants to get Howard into shape, hence the heavy workload in meaningless games.

*Catching prospect Tommy Joseph is making a good impression with the bat- .462/1.308 in 6 games.

*Darin Ruf is really struggling this spring at the plate and in the field, likely playing himself into a full-time Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

*The bullpen has been terrible thus far.  Justin De Fratus, Chad Durbin, Michael Stutes, Jeremy Horst, BJ Rosenberg, Zach Miner, JC Ramirez, and Jonathan Papelbon all have ERAs over 9.  The only competition going on there is who can allow the most runs.

*Roy Halladay's fastball was only hitting 86-88 mph during his latest outing.

Team Stats & Ranks
*Record - 6-6-1

*AVG - .273 (20th)

*OPS - .787 (17th)

*R - 77 (9th)

*HR - 15 (tied 10th)

*SB - 8 (tied 16th)

*ERA - 6.26 (29th)

*WHIP - 1.56 (23rd)

*FLD% - .965 (26th)


Anonymous said...

I usually don't do this until the last week of March, but I'm pretty much immersed in Phillies Spring Training right now. So here--three bold predictions for the first half of Phillies season:

1. Kevin Frandsen becomes the starting third baseman and a breakout clutch hitter after Young does next to nothing and is sent to the bench.
2. Mike Adams proves to be a beast of a set-up man and makes the NL all-star team; may even be promoted to closer with second-season, Lidge-like struggles from Papelbon.
3. Hamels and Lee combine for 18 wins before the break. Halladay will have no more only seven on his resume.

Anthony said...

I don't think Papelbon will struggle like some do. I believe everyone is imagining he is Lidge 2.0, but he's not. He's much more consistent and established than Lidge ever was.

That being said, I still don't like him.

Beer-a-Thon said...

Papelbon is a great closer. Elite. Look at his ERA, WHIP, and SV% compared tot he greats of all-time. He's right there with 'em.

Michael Young will be poor defensively, but I could see a .285 AVG .750 OPS.

Ben said...

I think Adams and Papelbon will be a force together. Lights out. I think they'll get the rest of the bullpen to work out with all the options available by the stretch run too, but there might be a good deal of experimentation to get to that point in April and May.

I'd predict a .275/.315/.390 line from Young, with 8 to 10 home runs and poor defense. If healthy, that would be an improvement over Polly and fill a hole for a year until Ache is ready, which I'm cool with. Best of luck to him.