Thursday, December 14, 2017

Season Recap: Howie Kendrick

Let's talk about assets. When morning broke on Nov. 11, 2016, the Phillies had Darnell Sweeney and Darin Ruf. The former is a young, toolsy outfielder. The latter is a power hitter who never developed fully in Philly. They weren't that valuable as assets.

General manager Matt Klentak shipped those two players off to Los Angeles for former All Star Howie Kendrick, a professional hitter. He could stabilize the lineup. In other words, he was a valuable asset.

In the coming days, we're going to recap every player who spent a part of  2017 with the Philadelphia Phillies. The previous post looked at relief starter Nick Pivetta. We even have a landing post with a link to each player's season.

Kendrick spent half a season in Philadelphia. Much of that time was spent on the disabled list. However, Kendrick was a marvel when he played, mashing .340/.397/.454 in 156 plate appearances. Kendrick wasn't as valuable thanks to his injuries, but he was more valuable than Ruf and Sweeney. The former is now in Japan, having not spent a day in the Major Leagues in 2017. The latter spent the season in Triple-A and was traded to Cincinnati.

Klentak shipped Kendrick to the Nationals for McKenzie Mills. The left-hander is now the Phillies 21st ranked prospect. Mills is a 22-year-old left-hander who went 12-3 with a 3.22 ERA in A-ball last season.

That's a decent asset. When you figure the Phillies got 146 at-bats from Kendrick and a prospect for Ruf and Sweeney, that's a pretty good swap of assets.