Phillies: Previewing the bench for 2019
Major questions remain regarding the Phillies bench going into 2019
The 2019 offseason for the Phillies has been focused on Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, and to a much lesser extent the additions of David Robertson, Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen, and potentially another starting pitcher.
If nothing changes and the Phillies “strike out” on the two major free-agents, the opening day starters are likely set.
Here are the projected starting eight fielders for Philadelphia.
C: Jorge Alfaro
1B: Rhys Hoskins
2B: Cesar Hernandez
SS: Jean Segura
3B: Maikel Franco
LF: Andrew McCutchen
CF: Odubel Hererra
RF: Nick Williams
More than likely Aaron Nola gets the opening day start coming off his Cy Young campaign.
How will the Phillies opt to round out their bench? The team has a bevy of options available. Let’s take a look.
Option 1: Roman Quinn
This one comes as no surprise. Quinn, who could very well end up starting in the outfield, had a solid finish to the 2018 season. Unlike most of the other fielders on the team, his outfield Defensive-Runs-Saved (DRS) was 0, approximately league average. Not bad for a team that was so terrible with fielding that it finished 85 runs worse than the next playoff team.
Quinn’s biggest concern is still his injury history, and a limited role will help him ease into the season.
Plus, if Hererra goes back to his end-of-2018 ways, this list could have a different name.
Option 2: Scott Kingery
Signing Kingery last winter to a 6-year, $24 million contract means that he is not going anywhere. Because of the structuring of his contract, he is still only due $1.5 million next year.
As I wrote before, he will likely be used in a super-utility role, filling in at infield positions in the event of injuries. With Quinn, the addition of McCutchen, and possibly the addition of Bryce Harper, it’s unlikely that Kingery will play any innings in the outfield next season after seven appearances last year.