Five Phillies players to watch in spring training this year

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 25: Tommy Joseph #19 of the Philadelphia Phillies congratulates teammate Rhys Hoskins #17 on a two run home run in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park on August 25, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 25: Tommy Joseph #19 of the Philadelphia Phillies congratulates teammate Rhys Hoskins #17 on a two run home run in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park on August 25, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 30: Pedro Florimon #18 of the Philadelphia Phillies tags out Ender Inciarte #11 of the Atlanta Braves trying to steal second base in the top of the fourth inning in game two of the doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park on August 30, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Pedro Florimon

Pedro Florimon was a non-roster invitee in spring training last year, but he failed to make the major-league roster. Instead, he went back down to Triple-A, hitting 10 home runs in 90 games with a .265/.347/.410 line.

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As injuries decimated the major-league team, Florimon was eventually promoted to the majors. During a short, 15-game stint, half of the balls he put in play went for hits as he had a .533 batting average on balls in play. This led to a .348 batting average and .866 OPS in that span.

Just as Florimon started to heat up, he dislocated his ankle, ending his season a month early. The team brought him back on another minor-league deal with an invite to spring training this season. He made a good impression on the team in limited time last year. His versatility could be key as he played every outfield position as well as second, third, and shortstop last year.

Still, he will have to compete with several other players for a bench role. If Florimon has a strong spring, he should be the guy that starts the year as the utility man.

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