The Philadelphia Phillies 2013 season has been bad. Not horrible, not good, just bad. Amaro has the challenge of piecing together a contender for next season, and some of the rookies on the team receiving regular playing time are providing a bit of hope for the future.
Cesar Hernandez - .320/.759 with 13 R in 23 G. He can play 2B and CF, is a lifetime .294 hitter in the minors, is 23 years old, and a switch hitter. He could be the perfect 4th outfielder if he were able to play LF and RF (which are easier positions than CF). He has speed too (147 SB in the minors).
Darin Ruf - .259/855, 34 R, 14 HR, 26 RBI in 63 G. If he can eliminate some of the holes in his swing and develop better pitch recognition, he would provide the much needed right-handed power bat in the lineup. The 27 year old's defense in the outfield is okay, as he catches what he gets to, but his range is poor. Ruf's value is in his bat.
Cody Asche - .269/.781, 17 R, 5 HR, 21 RBI in 39 G. The 23 year old has hit at every level, and after a rough start at the plate in the Majors, he's now doing the same thing. He's very athletic and has great range at 3B. Envision him starting at the hot corner for most of next season.
Jake Diekman - 41 G, 34.1 IP, 38 K, 2.88 ERA, and a 1.31 WHIP. The 25 year old, fire-balling lefty is starting to harness his stuff, and the results are positive (2.35 ERA/1.04 WHIP in the 2nd half).