Center field has been a cursed position for the Phils this year. As is customary, Roman Quinn went down early in the season with a groin injury, Odubel Herrera was then arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in May, and when Andrew McCutchen slid over to center to replace Herrera, he tore his ACL. Adam Haseley was then promoted from Lehigh Valley, but he too went down with an injury after less than a week with the team.
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Scott Kingery has been getting most of the starts in center, and he’s done an admirable job, but he’s an infielder by trade. Quinn should be activated again shortly, and he can play good defense in center, but he struggles at the plate and has an injury history longer than the Mississippi River.
Nick Williams is the only other outfielder the Phillies have available, but he struggles to defend a corner outfield spot and hasn’t been productive offensively this year.
The market for center fielders isn’t great this year. Kevin Pillar is a defensive wizard playing for a bad Giants team, but his batting average matches area code for Citizen’s Bank Park; it’s the same story for most of the available center fielders.
The Phillies are going to have a hard time finding a center fielder with any offensive upside. They may have to settle for just getting a warm body with some defensive ability.