Phillies players who need more playing time next season
The conclusion of any Major League Baseball season can send front office personnel into a frenzy; teams, including the Philadelphia Phillies, are now scrambling amid a flurry of roster moves, arbitration discussions, and free agency rumors.
What sometimes gets lost in the shuffle are the pieces of the roster that remain intact, as well as the positive potential of those pieces.
If nothing else, the 2020 season produced hope for a few Phillies players who had the chance to prove they deserve consistent playing time next season. Here are three Phillies players, including one outfielder and two right-handed pitchers, that fit this description.
3. Adam Haseley
This may be the most obvious name on this list, but outfielder Adam Haseley seemingly always flies under the radar among the stars on the Phillies roster, even within the outfield unit.
Playing next to Bryce Harper and Andrew McCutchen doesn’t help with expectations, but Haseley has held his own as a big leaguer — hitting .270 over his first 100 big-league games, with injuries and a shortened season hindering his development.
Haseley will never hit for considerable power, but he has the tools of speed, fielding, and hitting that compensates for a lack of “thump” at the dish. And at 25, there is still plenty of time for Haseley to develop power into his short and contact-filled swing (see DJ LeMahieu).
Consistency looks to be a key in acceleration Haseley’s development; he may finally get his chance if he can secure the third outfield position in center field next year.