Bleacher Report put out a recent article regarding the five breakout players for the Phillies in spring training this year. The write up included Cody Asche, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Ben Revere, Jacob Diekman and Darin Ruf.
Cody Asche played Triple-A ball hitting .295 with 15 home runs before he played about two months in the majors last year. During that stint he hit .235 with five home runs. Hopefully these very average numbers are just the beginning to a high ceiling. Based on the team currently, they’d definitely settle for Asche’s Triple-A numbers for the season. We will have to wait and see how this plays out.
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
Gonzalez won’t be the opening day starter by any means, but the fifth spot in the rotation could potentially be a fit. This spring training will allow Gonzalez to prove himself. Many people are interested in whether he will have the arm strength to deliver as he did in the past. Gonzalez signed a six year $60 million contract that was later retracted to three years at $12 million due to his medical history.
Ben Revere was one the biggest bright spots on the Phillies roster last year. He batted .305 with 22 stolen bases before he was injured. A broken foot sidelined Revere for part of the season last year. People are hopeful his eye and speed are still intact post injury. Philly could surely use a player with speed and batting ability. If Ben Revere can bat .300 and steal 40 bases this year it will definitely be an added benefit to the team. Whether that helps impact the win column we will have to wait and see.
Diekman was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in June and his numbers were up and down. This is understandable for a call up of his nature. What is encouraging about Diekman was his improvement particularly in August and September. A 1.98 ERA in August and 1.08 ERA in September is phenomenal. Having these kind of numbers carry over to spring training and the regular season would be excellent for the Phillies.
Simply put, Ruf is a power hitter that will hopefully develop into the kind of batter he was expected to be last season.
The Phillies definitely have a number questions coming into spring training in Clearwater. It’ll be fun to see how this team shapes up in the coming months. It’s amazing baseball season is almost upon us. It seems like the World Series happened yesterday. Hopefully the Phillies find their way; it all starts with a great spring training.
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