Phillies: Projected 2020 Starting Lineup, Nos. 7-9 Spots
By Matthew C
Predicting the 2020 Phillies starting lineup, spots 7-9
Today marks Opening Day for the Philadelphia Phillies in their first year under manager Joe Girardi. After predicting the top and middle of their starting lineup, we complete our three-part series by taking a guess as to how the team’s Nos. 7-9 batters will line up for most of the 60-game sprint.
7: Jean Segura
2019 Stats: .280/.323/.743, 12 HR, 60 RBI, 576 ABs
Predicted to bat seventh and play third base for the Phillies this season is Jean Segura.
Segura is entering just his second season with Philadelphia, after being traded to Philadelphia back in 2018. In his first season with the team in 2019, the MLB veteran hit 12 home runs and 37 doubles in 576 at-bats.
Segura, 30, is projected to put up big numbers for the club this season. According to Baseball-Reference, in 197 projected at-bats Segura is projected to post a .289/.330/.416 slash line. In those 197 at-bats, four of them will result in a home run and 26 of them a strikeout. Last season, Segura struck out 73 times.
In 2019, Segura started in 141 games playing shortstop. This season, Segura is expected to play at third base. He did not appear in a regular season game for the Phillies playing third base last season. The switch from shortstop to third base this season for Segura comes after the team acquired Didi Gregorius in the offseason. The team has chosen Gregorius to start over Segura at shortstop, which ultimately caused Segura to switch positions.
Fans will be able to see Segura bat seventh and play at third base when the season opens Friday against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.