Phillies: 38 player milestones to watch for in 2020 season
By Matt Rappa
(48) – 50 RBI
West Chester native Phil Gosselin has surely turned some heads so far this season. Although he is now an eight-year veteran, entering 2020 he had logged just 42 career RBI. Now, he has produced six more just in 2020 alone, and needs just two additional to reach 50 for his career.
Gosselin has surely earned his “Barrels” nickname in the early going, slashing .400/.483/.720 spanning 10 games and 29 plate appearances.
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His summer camp performance, in particular, is what earned him a roster spot over fellow non-roster invitee veteran infielders, such as Logan Forsythe (now with the Miami Marlins) and Josh Harrison (now with the Washington Nationals).
Gosselin first appeared with the Phillies in 2019, after previously playing for the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, and Cincinnati Reds. Under then-manager Gabe Kapler, Gosselin slashed .262/.294/.308 across 68 plate appearances. He has already accumulated 29 plate appearances this season.
(81) – 90 strikeouts
Right-handed reliever Deolis Guerra is among the several Phillies relievers that have not had success in the early going. Spanning six appearances, three of which finished a game in 2020, Guerra has posted a 10.80 ERA — allowing four hits, seven runs (six earned), three home runs and one walk across just five innings
Nonetheless, amid this stretch, the five-year veteran has still found a way to strike out batters, punching out six. He needs just nine more this season to reach 90 for his career.
Before joining the Phillies, Guerra previously played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015, Los Angeles Angels in 2016-17, and the Milwaukee Brewers in 2019.