Phillies: Giving the players their season letter grades
It was an all-around disappointing season for the Phillies, and they grade out that way.
The Phillies entered the 2019 season with lofty expectations, the kind of expectations that come when you spend stupid money. With the additions of J.T. Realmuto and Bryce Harper, Philadelphia had its sights set on their first playoff run, let alone their first winning season, since 2011.
Blame can be assigned to whoever or whatever you want when analyzing what happened this season. Did the front office not acquire enough pitching, did injuries lead to the team’s downfall, did the manager not hold players accountable? All of those arguments are credible when it comes to assigning blame for what happened in 2019.
What’s done is done, and the Phillies have missed the playoffs for the eighth-consecutive season with only one more win than they had last season.
With these grades, in the standard A-F grading system we feared in school, we’ll look at the core players who made appearances this season, excluding those who had a cup of coffee with the big league club. We’ll break them down from the infield, outfield, starting rotation, and bullpen, and look at their overall stats, consistency, and availability for the 2019 Phillies.