Phillies: Five things to look forward to next season

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Jorge Alfaro

Despite limited major league playing time Jorge Alfaro is guaranteed a job on the Phillies staff next year. With Andrew Knapp suffering a broken hand Alfaro has flourished catching three of the Phillies five starters. In nine games this year he’s hitting .324 with 12 hits and a home run, but more importantly calling quality games behind the plate.

Cameron Rupp is more likely done with the organization after a horrid 2017 season, complete with a .230 batting average. Knapp showed promise before the injury and could be a quality backup behind Alfaro for years to come.

If Alfaro’s bat stays hot next year he could provide tremendous protection behind Rhys Hoskins in the Phillies lineup out of the five-hole.

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