With today marking the one month point from when spring training kicks off for some clubs with their pitchers and catchers reporting to duty for spring training. Since we are one month away from spring training it is time to unveil Aaron Gershon of FR Sports 30 team in 30 day pre spring training power rankings. We begin at #30 with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Projected Record: 63-99 5th in the NL East
Potential Lineup CF Herrera #37, SS Galvis #13, 1B Howard #6, 3B Franco #7, C Rupp #29, LF Ache #25, RF Altherr #23, 2B Hernandez #16, Pitcher
Potential Rotation 1.Nola #27, 2.Helickson #58, 3.Morton #47, 4.Eickhoff #48, 5.Oberholtzer #39
Potential Bullpen CL Hernandez #30, 8th Garcia #57, 7th Hinojosa #94 Mid Relief: LaFRomboise #TBD, Mujica #44, Stumpf #53, Gomez #46
Potential Bench C Ruiz #51, IF/OF Ruf #18, OF Goodell #2, IF Blanco #4 OF Bourjos #17
Injuries P Harrison #54, P Hollands #43
Let’s face it the Philadelphia Phillies are in total rebuild mode. The Phillies rebuild is a little delayed due to the fact they waited years to long to trade some of their ageing veterans among those Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley who are both finishing out their careers in Los Angeles with the Dodgers. Moving into 2016 the Phillies will hope to take strides in their rebuild project after finishing with the worst record in the majors a year ago losing 99 games. The Phillies offense finished 27th in runs scored in the Majors in 2015 but the one guy to watch in 2016 is Third Basemen Maikel Franco. Franco who missed some time to injury, and was not on the opening day roster yet he still slugged 14 home runs and batted .280 in 80 games played in 2015. The Phillies hope Franco continues to emerge as a possible young superstar in 2016. The Phillies however did not make any additions to their offense and will probably finish towards the bottom of the league in runs scored again in 2016. Philly did however make additions to the starting rotation trading for once rookie of the year pitcher Jermey Helickson, and former Pirate Charlie Morton. The Phillies hope some veteran presence in the starting rotation can help guide some of their young arms like Aaron Nola who pitched to an ERA under 4 in his first 13 career starts in 2015, and Jerad Eickhoff a 25 year old that pitched to an ERA of 2.65 in eight starts. The Phillies rotation finished 29th in starting pitching ERA at 5.23 in 2015 and will hope the new additions improve that rotation ERA a little bit. The Phillies bullpen was the strength of the club in 2015 finishing 17th in bullpen ERA. yet Jonathan Papelbon and Ken Giles produced most of the good numbers for the Phillies in 2015 out of the pen and they both have been shipped off in trades. The Phillies signed Veterans David Hernandez and Edward Mujica to try to patch up the holes left by Papelbon and GIles but without them the Phillies bullpen probably won’t be as strong as it was a year ago. The Phillies are still early in their rebuilding project and will not be very competitive in 2016.