Phillies 2023 report cards: Grading the bullpen

For what has been a rocky unit for most of the last decade, the 2023 Phillies flipped the script and had one of the best arm barns in the league.
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Seranthony Domínguez

The sixth year Phillie had a better season then it may have seemed on surface level.

After allowing six runs in the second game of the year in 2023, Seranthony Domínguez had a tough battle to climb. In his fifth season in the majors, fans, coaches, and front office personnel were definitely hoping to see that jump from great to elite for the 29-year-old.

Domínguez's year came with some ups and downs. He dealt with some injuries along the way, including an oblique issue that affected his performance even after he was reinstated. With all that, the righty posted a 3.78 ERA over 50 innings and tallied 48 strikeouts across his outings.

After coming off his year hiatus due to Tommy John surgery, the sinkerballer looked great in 2022 into the postseason and hoped to carry that momentum into 2023. His early struggles faced him with a harsh reality, but it wasn't as bad as it seemed.

Like Soto, he gave up runs in bunches, two or three here and there. Ballooned innings and high-leverage spots made his ERA and other surface-level statistics look poorer than his performance. He was incredible in the 2023 postseason, tallying over five innings, and, while always giving us some scares, didn't allow one earned run and shut the door in some important games.

Domínguez's energy and calm demeanor do wonders for this Phillies bullpen, and like so many others have stated before, he has the stuff to be a high-leverage guy. He was one of the more trustworthy arms over the course of 162 and will be looking to earn some money as he has an $8 million club option coming up in 2025.

Grade: B