3 biggest positives of the 2021 Phillies season

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 16: Ranger Suarez #55 of the Philadelphia Phillies smiles prior to the game against the Miami Marlins during Game One of the doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park on July 16, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 5-2. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 16: Ranger Suarez #55 of the Philadelphia Phillies smiles prior to the game against the Miami Marlins during Game One of the doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park on July 16, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Marlins 5-2. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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The Phillies had some great farm system call-ups in 2021

While it is fair to criticize the Phillies’ player development, this year has had some nice call-ups. Despite a depleted farm system, fans should have a more positive outlook on the depth of their organization going forward.

Matt Vierling, Nick Maton, Luke Williams, Bailey Falter, Cristopher Sánchez, Damon Jones, and Hans Crouse all made debuts in 2021, with some having more success than others. In addition, Alec Bohm, Mickey Moniak, Rafael Marchan, and others were called up last year, to varying degrees of success.

Vierling looks like a very valuable bench piece with a 137 OPS+ in 64 plate appearances. He has also done a great job at making hard contact, with a 92.1 average exit velocity and a 56.1% hard-hit rate. Vierling also has defensive versatility with not just being able to play all three outfield spots but can also play first and third base if needed.

Maton looks like a decent bench infield option for the Phillies. He got off to a hot start with a .795 OPS in his first 26 games as a Phillie, and showed he can also play second, shortstop, and third base as well.

Williams also looks like a future versatile bench piece with an ability to play almost anywhere he is needed.

Falter will be a solid reliever and starter hybrid in the future, as well.

With hopefully a bounce-back season for Alec Bohm in 2022, and potential call-ups like Bryson Stott, the Phillies could be moving up in the power rankings.

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