Monday, February 13, 2012

Phillies Depth Chart

This started as a post to pick apart Todd Zolecki's projected Phillies lineup, posted on  I do find it ridiculous that he has Jim Thome starting at first and Laynce Nix starting in LF.  With Howard out, Mayberry will be in that lineup much more than either of those two guys.  So this got me thinking about a depth chart that Dave Cameron post on USS Mariner for the Mariners after the acquisition of Montero.  See here.  So here is what I came up with for the Phillies.

C RUIZ 450                   450
1B HOWARD   450                 450
2B UTLEY     550               550
3B POLANCO       500             500
SS ROLLINS         550           550
LF MAYBERRY   50       400 50   50   550
CF VICTORINO             600       600
RF PENCE               600     600
C SCHNEIDER 200                   200
IF MARTINEZ     100   100           200
IF WIGGINTON   100   150         50   300
OF NIX           250   50 50   350
PH THOME   50             50   100
IF/OF OTHER 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50   450
P PITCHERS                   350 350
TOTAL   700 700 700 700 700 700 700 700 250 350 6200
 This is projecting almost a full season worth of PAs for Mayberry even though he doesn't play very well versus RHP.  I don't think that Thome will play as much at first and they saying with Howard out.  I think most of it is picked up by Wigginton and Mayberry.  This isn't to say I don't want Thome playing there.  As long as he can stay healthy and he can still swing the bat, put him at first and Mayberry in LF.  Thome has a much better approach that Wigginton or Nix.

I still wonder where D. Brown fits in all of this.  He really needs to get his confidence back and his swing.  I don't want him platooning or sitting most of the time.  Wherever he is, he needs to be playing and get at least 600 PA this year.  Time to put up or shut up.  What if he has an outstanding spring?  What if you send him down and he is just tearing up AAA?  If he struggles in spring, the answer is easy, go to AAA and figure out your stuff.  Maybe I will have to do a different post just on this topic. 

I've gotten off track.  The point of my post was to point out which players I thought would be getting a majority of the playing time and to negate the lineup posted by Zolecki.  I do recognize that Zolecki's is probably geared towards facing a RHP which you will see much more than a lefty, but I still disagree.

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