Phillies: Who has the best chance to start in center field?

Scott Kingery #4 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Scott Kingery #4 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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Roman Quinn #24 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

Roman Quinn, 20%

Roman Quinn having a one-in-five chance to win the job just feels right. While he is certainly the worst baseball player out of the four, he is someone who has plenty of experience that didn’t go great —but not terrible — for his standards under Joe Girardi.

In 2020, Quinn platooned with Adam Haseley. Theoretically, with Haseley being injured, Quinn should slide up and be the full-time starter until he returns. But, there are two problems with that logic — Kingery will almost certainly be better and Mickey Moniak is playing great baseball.

Quinn has played four games so far this spring and is 3-for-9. On Sunday against the Yankees, he went 1-for-2 with his hit being a swinging bunt. The one good thing Quinn can bring is his old-school speed, but is that enough to give himself the chance to be a starter? The Phillies may or may not think so.

While Quinn will be tied for the second-best odds, they can get worse if in two weeks Moniak continues to play well. To be perfectly honest, his chances of making the team aren’t exactly 100% either.

Odubel Herrera, 20%

While Odubel Herrera shouldn’t be in this competition, I believe he is tied for the second-best odds to win the starting centerfield job.

Herrera was suspended two years ago after a domestic violence incident. He has not played in the majors since May 2019 and has since apologized to his teammates for what happened. Now off the 40-man roster, Herrera was not invited to the team’s alternate training site for the 2020 season, but received an invitation to partake in spring training mini-camp — the equivalent of minor-league spring training in a normal year.