Phillies 2024 Opening Day roster projection 1.0: All-Star addition mixes things up

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Bryson Stott is one of the obvious Opening Day starters
Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Bryson Stott is one of the obvious Opening Day starters / Dave Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
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Phillies Bullpen

  • José Alvarado
  • Jeff Hoffman
  • Gregory Soto
  • Seranthony Domínguez
  • Matt Strahm
  • Orion Kerkering
  • Spencer Turnbull
  • Connor Brogdon

Most of the Phillies bullpen seems set, with the top six spots spoken for — unless Orion Kerkering has a disastrous spring training. With only two open spots, the Phillies have plenty of depth arms to choose from after they loaded up over the final weeks of the offseason.

Connor Brogdon might earn the first look to open the 2024 campaign, as the team already has familiarity with him, and he has some quality stuff despite a disappointing 2023. The other spot will likely go to a long-relief arm, and someone who can jump into a swingman-type role, like Matt Strahm did early last year.

Enter Spencer Turnbull, who, despite being a starter with a no-hitter to his credit, is looking for a shred of a chance to resuscitate a career derailed by injuries. The former second-round pick has no options remaining and five years of service time, so will have to consent to being sent to the minors, which might give him a leg up on the competition this spring.

Obviously, this all hinges on spring training performances, and things will get more clear as we get closer to Opening Day.

Phillies Infield

  • Bryce Harper (1B)
  • Bryson Stott (2B)
  • Trea Turner (SS)
  • Alec Bohm (3B)
  • J.T. Realmuto (C)

This starting group is a no-brainer. Thomson just has to run them out there every day, allowing for the regular maintenance days off. But it's as solid an infield five as you'll find, with a healthy mix of veteran superstars and emerging youngsters like Bryson Stott and Alec Bohm.

Phillies Outfield

  • Johan Rojas (CF)
  • Brandon Marsh (LF)
  • Nick Castellanos (RF)

Again, this group seems like an obvious place to start. It will rely on Johan Rojas performing like the team hopes he will leading up to Opening Day, and Brandon Marsh getting fully healthy from his knee operation, but this is the alignment the front office and Rob Thomson have told us they want to go with this season.