Phillies: The All-2010s “Forgotten Phillies” Lineup
Left Fielder: Juan Pierre
Juan Pierre is another one of those past-his-prime guys that the Phillies pursued. He played one season in Philadelphia in 2012.
Pierre was a fantastic base-runner. He stole 37 bases in 2012, which was his bread and butter throughout his career. In 14 seasons, he stole 614 bases, including five seasons with 55 or more. That said, he also led the league in caught stealing 7 times.
Two notable issues that made Pierre a good (but not great) player include below-par defense (career DRS of -33) and his inability to churn out extra base hits and drive in runs. Pierre was a single-then-steal player for most of his career, which worked out okay. His career WAR was 17.3.
With the Phillies, Pierre was an average fielder. He had a DRS of 3, and a mediocre OPS of .721 despite a .307 average. As shown by his numbers, he liked to swing early in the count, with just 23 walks and 27 strikeouts in 130 games.
Pierre played one more season in the majors with Miami before calling it a career.
Center Fielder: Ben Revere
Prior to the 2013 season, the Phillies traded Vance Worley and Trevor May to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Ben Revere. Revere was fast, but that was about it.
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Revere spent about two and a half seasons in Philadelphia, hitting around .300 the entire time. While Juan Pierre was a “get a single and steal second base” player, Revere was a slightly worse version of that. He stole fewer bases, drew fewer walks, and for what power Pierre lacked, Revere had even less. In his career in Philadelphia, Revere had 389 hits. Only 54 of them were for extra bases.
Revere led the NL with 184 hits in 2014 but gave his value away with a -14 DRS. His 2013 and 2015 campaigns were better in the field, but he never made up for it at the plate or on the base paths.
Revere was traded to the Blue Jays at the non-waiver deadline in 2015 for minor league pitchers Alberto Tirado and Jimmy Cordero. Tirado made it to AA Reading for 10 games in 2017. Cordero never pitched for the Phillies, but he played 30 games last year for the Chicago White Sox, throwing 36 innings and obtaining a 2.75 ERA.
Revere last played in the majors in 2017 for the LA Angels. He appeared in 8 games last year for the Buffalo Bisons (AAA) and is now a free agent.
Right Fielder: Jeff Francoeur
Francoeur spent time in his career playing extended stints with the Braves, Royals, and Mets (2 years). He was an average player, and when 2015 rolled around, the Phillies signed him to a minor league contract.
He appeared in 118 games with the team that season, spending most of his time in right field. He got some reps in at left field as well, plus a bonus two-inning pitching appearance.
Francoeur hit .258 with an OPS of .718 in 2015. He had 13 HR and 45 RBI in a stopgap year that was sandwiched in between stopgap years by Marlon Byrd and Petr Bourjos. In the field, he had a DRS of -9.
Frenchy went on to play one more season with the Braves and Marlins before calling it a career. You can find him now in the broadcast booth for Fox Sports South.
And finally, our three pitchers of honor: