Phillies 2023 MVP: Ranking the top 5 Most Valuable Phillies position players

With all the superstars the Phillies have on their roster, who finished as the most valuable position players this season?
Bryce Harper, Trea Turner, and Bryson Stott of the Philadelphia Phillies
Bryce Harper, Trea Turner, and Bryson Stott of the Philadelphia Phillies / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
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No. 3: Brandon Marsh, 3.4 fWAR

In his first full year in Philadelphia, Brandon Marsh had a breakout season, registering a career-high 3.4 WAR. He started 116 games in the outfield for the Phillies and appeared in 144 games across all three positions. He began the year as the everyday center fielder before eventually shifting between center and left field with the arrival of Johan Rojas.

In his third year in the majors, Marsh set career highs with a .277 batting average, an .829 OPS and a 125 wRC+ while batting in the middle to bottom of the order. He also set new career marks in home runs with 12, RBI with 60, and runs scored with 58. He added value on the bases with a 3.1 BsR and matched his stolen base total from 2022 with 10.

The wildly bearded and long-haired 25-year-old held his own patrolling the outfield grass. Over his 867 1/3 innings in center field, Marsh had a -3 DRS but registered four OAA (outs above average) and four RAA (runs above average). When he shifted over to left field, he balanced out his center field play with three DRS as well as one OAA and one RAA in 136 innings.

While it's not captured in the stats, Marsh is also well-known as the ray of sunshine in the Phillies' clubhouse. According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Marsh is the guy who has the most fun playing baseball.

"We've got to be nice to ourselves out here," Marsh said early in the season, per Zolecki. "We've got to have fun, smile, be energetic. It's a blessing to wake up every day, throw on a pair of shorts, a really weird T-shirt, a cool pair of shoes and come to the field and play baseball every day. It's hard to beat that, in my opinion."