5 Phillies that need to step up for the ballclub to stand a chance in 2023

Which Phillies players could help the ballclub down the stretch by upping their game pronto?
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Johan Rojas

It may be seem outrageous to suddenly find a rookie here who had just made his MLB debut recently on the list, and to say he has to step it up for the Phillies to have a chance in 2023, but here we have one of the Phillies top prospects in the organization in outfielder Johan Rojas. Rojas was called up to the big leagues following the All-Star break and made his official MLB debut with the team on July 15th.

So far in 17 games, Rojas has certainly impressed with his bat, speed and his fielding, as he has hit a solid .326 with a .751 OPS, five runs scored, three doubles, eight RBI, and four stolen bases, along with 3 DRS and a .976 fielding percentage to date. If he could hone his power and it ends up rounding into form, he has the potential to be a ‘five-tool’ star player for the ballclub.

Now that with everyday outfielder Brandon Marsh on the sidelines for 2-3 weeks with a bruised left knee, it has left a hole in the Phillies outfield as well as in their everyday lineup for the coming month. Added to the fact that the Phillies failed to acquire an outfield power bat at the deadline, it is now essential that someone like Rojas needs to step it up (if he hasn’t done so already) to help fill the void both on the field and in the lineup. If Rojas can maintain his stellar defence, along with providing some solid offensive output to boot, it should provide the Phillies with just the right supplemental boost to keep the team in the playoff hunt.