Projecting the 2021 Philadelphia Phillies Opening Day roster
By Hunter Doyle
Who makes the cut for the Phillies roster to start the 2021 season?
Regular season baseball is almost back. Philadelphia Phillies fans will be in the stands this year, and there are a full slate of 162 games to look forward to.
It’s always a beautiful time of year when there are Major League Baseball games on every day for the next seven months, with postseason games in October. Hopefully, Red October will return and the Phillies will end their drought — but it’s difficult to have confidence in the pitching this year.
With Opening Day just a couple of weeks away, it’s time to give our best projection of what the 26-man roster will look like to start the season.
All eyes will be on the President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski and General Manager Sam Fuld. How they built this 2021 roster will be the first step toward what hopefully will yield a postseason team. There Is still plenty of work ahead, as they will constantly re-evaluate this team.
Dombrowski and Fuld will have to strongly consider making some moves at the trade deadline for some help, perhaps in the bullpen and starting rotation. The hope is that some of these pitchers will step up. However, the Phillies are relying on young pitchers trying to make names for themselves, as well as veterans attempting to revive their careers.
Even the offense has a few question marks. Who will play center field? Can Scott Kingery finally break out in 2021? What if the starting lineup can’t stay healthy? The offense won’t be much of a concern if they can stay healthy, but again, the roster will be continually re-evaluated throughout the season.
Let’s not waste any more time getting into our roster projection.