Phillies: 5 Blue Jays they’ll hate facing in interleague play
By Bryce Turner
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
Another player for the Phillies to keep an eye on is Blue Jays’ left fielder, shortstop and second baseman Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
Gurriel spent part of the last two seasons in the major leagues, posting impressive stats in the limited number of games.
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In 2018, he hit 11 HR, 35 RBI and .281/.309/.446 in 65 games. Those games included three against the Phillies, where he had only one hit in 10 at-bats, recording an RBI against Jake Arrieta in the fifth inning on August 24.
Last season, Gurriel hit 20 HR, 50 RBI and .277/.327/.541 in 84 games for the Jays. While not talked about as much as other new additions from the team’s farm system, the numbers are impressive and his ability to play multiple positions will also help him stay around.
While he was not a big threat for the Phillies in 2018, he has impressive stats in inter-league games, hitting five HR, 13 RBI and .313/.324/.612 in 19 career games.
Gurriel could be a hidden threat that the Phillies may see in a larger number of games this season.