2017 Philadelphia Phillies Predicted Stats

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The 2017 MLB season is less than a month away and the Philadelphia Phillies are looking for their first winning season in 5 seasons. Whether they accomplish it or not the Phillies and their fans have a lot to be excited about. There is a lot of young talent that Phillies fans are either going to see flourish this season, or get a first taste of the next era of Philadelphia Phillies baseball. Here are my stat predictions for the 2017 Philadelphia Phillies.

Starting Rotation:

SP1: Jeremy Hellickson; 13-10 Record, 167 Strikeouts, 3.49 ERA

Hellickson was resigned this offseason after going 12-10, with a 3.71 ERA and 154 Strikeouts. He is the most proven starter on the Phillies and the chances are he will get his second consecutive Opening day start.

SP2: Aaron Nola; 16-7 Record, 198 Strikeouts, 2.82 ERA

Aaron Nola has been the Phillies best pitcher when he was healthy. Last season he played through an injury and then was shut down for the season and finished with a 6-9 record with a 4.78 ERA. If he can stay healthy this season he will be the Phillies best pitcher.

SP3: Clay Buchholz; 9-9 Record, 139 Strikeouts, 4.12 ERA

Buchholz was acquired in a trade with the Red Sox this past offseason but he is most likely only here for a year or two as a stop gap starter until the Phillies are ready to commit to some of their younger starters.

SP4: Vince Velasquez; 10-7; 202 Strikeouts, 3.74 ERA

Velasquez showed signs of what could be superstardom last season. He tops off at 97 MPH and if he develops his breaking pitches there is no way he doesn’t lead the team in Strikeouts this season.

SP5: Jerad Eickhoff; 12-16, 180 Strikeouts, 3.62 ERA

Eickhoff never gets run support and hopefully that changes but for now he will lead the team in losses. He has very good breaking stuff and will hopefully continue to grow as major leaguer.

Bullpen:

Long man: Pat Neshek; 7-8 Record, 67 Strikeouts, 3.14 ERA

Neshek was acquired in a trade with the Houston Astros and even though he is usually used as a setup man he will most likely be the long man. Which could make him vulnerable to losses but he will be a key piece to the bullpen.

7th Inning Guy: Joaquin Benoit; 4-1 Record, 60 Strikeouts, 2.84 ERA

Benoit was signed this past offseason after spending last year with the San Diego Padres. He is usually a setup man but will most likely be taking the role of a 7th inning guy because of the Phillies younger options for setup man and closer.

Setup man: Hector Neris; 7-5 Record, 110 Strikeouts, 2.44 ERA

Neris was the Phillies best reliever last season and will most likely be the Phillies set up man this season unless Manager Pete Mackanin decides to try him in the closer role. He has reportedly added a changeup to his arsenal to go with his 2-seamer and devastating splitter.

Closer: Edubray Ramos; 5-2 Record, 50 Strikeouts, 2.95 ERA

Ramos proved last season that he could be Closer material last season and he and Joely Rodriguez are set to have a position battle for the spot this spring. Both have potential but Ramos having only a little bit more experience should win the job at first.

*Odd Man Out*: Joely Rodriguez; 6-3 Record, 46 Strikeouts, 2.79 ERA

Rodriguez could be an alternate closer that the Phillies could use as a change of pace in the 8th or 9th inning with a lead. He has good movement with all of his breaking pitches and good velocity on his fastball. Like I said he and Ramos could compete for the Closer spot.

Lineup:

  1. 2B Cesar Hernandez; .312 BA, 6 HR, 43 RBI, 21 SB

Hernandez is a perfect table setter at the top of the lineup. He led the Phillies in Batting Average and Hits last season, and was 2nd on the team in Stolen Bases. He is the only person on this team that can handle the leadoff spot

2. LF Howie Kendrick; .294 BA, 12 HR, 61 RBI, 13 SB

Kendrick was acquired in a trade with the Dodgers this past offseason. He provides an ability to play both the infield and outfield but to start the season he will be the Phillies everyday Left fielder until someone proves that they are worthy of taking his spot

3. CF Odubel Herrera; .291 BA, 17 HR, 65 RBI, 26 SB

Herrera proved that he was the best all-around hitter in the Phillies lineup this past season. He was the only Phillies player named to the all-star team. He led the Phillies in Stolen Bases and OBP last season. He was rewarded with a 5-year extension this past offseason and as the purest hitter on the team he should bat 3rd

4. 3B Maikel Franco; .282 BA, 37 HR, 112 RBI, 3 SB

Maikel Franco led the Phillies in Homeruns, RBI’s and Slugging % last season. He gave the fan base a taste of what he could do last year (25 HRs, 88 RBI). With Herrera in front of him and young firepower behind him, pitchers won’t have a choice but to pitch to him. Which has former Phillies third baseman and Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt thinking MVP for the 24-Year-old… let’s hope he’s right

5. 1B Tommy Joseph; .265 BA, 32 HR, 94 RBI, 1 SB

Joseph hit 21 Homeruns while only playing 107 games. In a full, healthy 162 game season Josephs numbers could be that much better. Now that Ryan Howard is no longer on the Phillies and Joseph will be the primary starter; The Phillies may have found a long term answer at first base

6. RF Michael Saunders; .255, 22 HR, 54 RBI, 12 SB

Saunders was signed this past offseason after spending last season with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was selected to his first All-star team this past season. He will most likely be the starting Right Fielder from the start until someone proves more deserving of the lineup spot

7. C Cameron Rupp; .264, 18 HR, 65 RBI, 1 SB

Rupp had a breakout season last year and that was splitting time with Carlos Ruiz. Now that Ruiz is out of the picture Rupp will get the majority of the playing time and his numbers could skyrocket

8. SS Freddy Galvis; .253, 17 HR, 54 RBI, 19 SB

Galvis had better production numbers last year but there is a threat to Galvis’ playing time and his name is JP Crawford. Crawford is the No.7 prospect in baseball and No.1 prospect in the Phillies Organization. There is a good chance that Crawford starts the season in the minors and then is brought up later in the season and if he impresses, Galvis could see more of the bench.

Bench:

  • C Andrew Knapp; .266, 6 HR, 32 RBI
  • Knapp is less experienced than Rupp but more experienced than top catching prospect Jorge Alfaro so he will start off as the back-up catcher.
  • INF Andres Blanco; .260, 5 HR, 25 RBI
  • Blanco is an important piece to this team because he acts as a veteran presence that there isn’t too much of for the young position players on the team. He also acts as a good bat off the bench and an important defensive replacement.
  • OF Aaron Altherr; .266, 15 HR, 43 RBI

Altherr will get more playing time than a lot of other bench players because he is an intriguing right handed Outfielder with good power. He will be a spot starter at either Corner Outfield position and a good bat to have off the bench.

  • OF Tyler Goeddel; .215, 6 HR, 20 RBI, 7 SB

Goeddel is primarily used as a defensive replacement late in close games. He is a very clutch and has a very good arm. He had a few clutch hits last season but he is more known for his clutch defense than his bat.

  • OF Roman Quinn; .281, 4 HR, 24 RBI

Quinn is capable of playing every Outfield position, and has line drive power from both sides of the plate. Let’s just say 4 home runs is playing it safe for a guy who at some point this season could be starting.

There are a few other people who could be added to the roster but these (in my opinion) r the sure things to make the club. Whether or not they put up these number is yet to be determined but these numbers are what I feel they are capable of and maybe more.

The 2017 MLB season is less than a month away and the Philadelphia Phillies are looking for their first winning season in 5 seasons. Whether they accomplish it or not the Phillies and their fans have a lot to be excited about. There is a lot of young talent that Phillies fans are either going to see flourish this season, or get a first taste of the next era of Philadelphia Phillies baseball. Here are my stat predictions for the 2017 Philadelphia Phillies.

Starting Rotation:

SP1: Jeremy Hellickson; 13-10 Record, 167 Strikeouts, 3.49 ERA

Hellickson was resigned this offseason after going 12-10, with a 3.71 ERA and 154 Strikeouts. He is the most proven starter on the Phillies and the chances are he will get his second consecutive Opening day start.

SP2: Aaron Nola; 16-7 Record, 198 Strikeouts, 2.82 ERA

Aaron Nola has been the Phillies best pitcher when he was healthy. Last season he played through an injury and then was shut down for the season and finished with a 6-9 record with a 4.78 ERA. If he can stay healthy this season he will be the Phillies best pitcher.

SP3: Clay Buchholz; 9-9 Record, 139 Strikeouts, 4.12 ERA

Buchholz was acquired in a trade with the Red Sox this past offseason but he is most likely only here for a year or two as a stop gap starter until the Phillies are ready to commit to some of their younger starters.

SP4: Vince Velasquez; 10-7; 202 Strikeouts, 3.74 ERA

Velasquez showed signs of what could be superstardom last season. He tops off at 97 MPH and if he develops his breaking pitches there is no way he doesn’t lead the team in Strikeouts this season.

SP5: Jerad Eickhoff; 12-16, 180 Strikeouts, 3.62 ERA

Eickhoff never gets run support and hopefully that changes but for now he will lead the team in losses. He has very good breaking stuff and will hopefully continue to grow as major leaguer.

Bullpen:

Long man: Pat Neshek; 7-8 Record, 67 Strikeouts, 3.14 ERA

Neshek was acquired in a trade with the Houston Astros and even though he is usually used as a setup man he will most likely be the long man. Which could make him vulnerable to losses but he will be a key piece to the bullpen.

7th Inning Guy: Joaquin Benoit; 4-1 Record, 60 Strikeouts, 2.84 ERA

Benoit was signed this past offseason after spending last year with the San Diego Padres. He is usually a setup man but will most likely be taking the role of a 7th inning guy because of the Phillies younger options for setup man and closer.

Setup man: Hector Neris; 7-5 Record, 110 Strikeouts, 2.44 ERA

Neris was the Phillies best reliever last season and will most likely be the Phillies set up man this season unless Manager Pete Mackanin decides to try him in the closer role. He has reportedly added a changeup to his arsenal to go with his 2-seamer and devastating splitter.

Closer: Edubray Ramos; 5-2 Record, 50 Strikeouts, 2.95 ERA

Ramos proved last season that he could be Closer material last season and he and Joely Rodriguez are set to have a position battle for the spot this spring. Both have potential but Ramos having only a little bit more experience should win the job at first.

*Odd Man Out*: Joely Rodriguez; 6-3 Record, 46 Strikeouts, 2.79 ERA

Rodriguez could be an alternate closer that the Phillies could use as a change of pace in the 8th or 9th inning with a lead. He has good movement with all of his breaking pitches and good velocity on his fastball. Like I said he and Ramos could compete for the Closer spot.

Lineup:

  1. 2B Cesar Hernandez; .312 BA, 6 HR, 43 RBI, 21 SB

Hernandez is a perfect table setter at the top of the lineup. He led the Phillies in Batting Average and Hits last season, and was 2nd on the team in Stolen Bases. He is the only person on this team that can handle the leadoff spot.

2.)LF Howie Kendrick; .294 BA, 12 HR, 61 RBI, 13 SB

Kendrick was acquired in a trade with the Dodgers this past offseason. He provides an ability to play both the infield and outfield but to start the season he will be the Phillies everyday Left fielder until someone proves that they are worthy of taking his spot

3.) CF Odubel Herrera; .291 BA, 17 HR, 65 RBI, 26 SB

Herrera proved that he was the best all-around hitter in the Phillies lineup this past season. He was the only Phillies player named to the all-star team. He led the Phillies in Stolen Bases and OBP last season. He was rewarded with a 5-year extension this past offseason and as the purest hitter on the team he should bat 3rd 

 3B Maikel Franco; .282 BA, 37 HR, 112 RBI, 3 SB

Maikel Franco led the Phillies in Homeruns, RBI’s and Slugging % last season. He gave the fan base a taste of what he could do last year (25 HRs, 88 RBI). With Herrera in front of him and young firepower behind him, pitchers won’t have a choice but to pitch to him. Which has former Phillies third baseman and Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt thinking MVP for the 24-Year-old… let’s hope he’s right.

  1. 1B Tommy Joseph; .265 BA, 32 HR, 94 RBI, 1 SB

Joseph hit 21 Homeruns while only playing 107 games. In a full, healthy 162 game season Josephs numbers could be that much better. Now that Ryan Howard is no longer on the Phillies and Joseph will be the primary starter; The Phillies may have found a long term answer at first base.

  1. RF Michael Saunders; .255, 22 HR, 54 RBI, 12 SB

Saunders was signed this past offseason after spending last season with the Toronto Blue Jays. He was selected to his first All-star team this past season. He will most likely be the starting Right Fielder from the start until someone proves more deserving of the lineup spot.

  1. C Cameron Rupp; .264, 18 HR, 65 RBI, 1 SB

Rupp had a breakout season last year and that was splitting time with Carlos Ruiz. Now that Ruiz is out of the picture Rupp will get the majority of the playing time and his numbers could skyrocket.

  1. SS Freddy Galvis; .253, 17 HR, 54 RBI, 19 SB

Galvis had better production numbers last year but there is a threat to Galvis’ playing time and his name is JP Crawford. Crawford is the No.7 prospect in baseball and No.1 prospect in the Phillies Organization. There is a good chance that Crawford starts the season in the minors and then is brought up later in the season and if he impresses Galvis could see more of the bench.

Bench:

  • C Andrew Knapp; .266, 6 HR, 32 RBI
  • Knapp is less experienced than Rupp but more experienced than top catching prospect Jorge Alfaro so he will start off as the back-up catcher.
  • INF Andres Blanco; .260, 5 HR, 25 RBI
  • Blanco is an important piece to this team because he acts as a veteran presence that there isn’t too much of for the young position players on the team. He also acts as a good bat off the bench and an important defensive replacement.
  • OF Aaron Altherr; .266, 15 HR, 43 RBI

Altherr will get more playing time than a lot of other bench players because he is an intriguing right handed Outfielder with good power. He will be a spot starter at either Corner Outfield position and a good bat to have off the bench.

  • OF Tyler Goeddel; .215, 6 HR, 20 RBI, 7 SB

Goeddel is primarily used as a defensive replacement late in close games. He is a very clutch and has a very good arm. He had a few clutch hits last season but he is more known for his clutch defense than his bat.

  • OF Roman Quinn; .281, 4 HR, 24 RBI

Quinn is capable of playing every Outfield position, and has line drive power from both sides of the plate. Let’s just say 4 home runs is playing it safe for a guy who at some point this season could be starting.

There are a few other people who could be added to the roster but these (in my opinion) r the sure things to make the club. Whether or not they put up these number is yet to be determined but these numbers are what I feel they are capable of and maybe more.

 

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