Phillies 2024 Opening Day roster projection 2.0: Outfield remains a mystery

Just over one week from the start of the season, let's revisit our Opening Day roster projections.

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Johan Rojas still hasn't locked up his Opening Day roster spot
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Johan Rojas still hasn't locked up his Opening Day roster spot / Tim Nwachukwu/GettyImages
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Phillies Infield

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

The easiest lineup ever predicted. There are no questions or wiggle room in the Phillies' infield. Arguably the best infield in the MLB. With Bryce Harper's permanent position switch to first base, it fills the hole left by Rhys Hoskins and allows Alec Bohm to focus solely on third base. We have strong fielders at every position, with leadership, youth, and raw talent spread across the diamond.

Phillies Outfield

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

The Phillies' outfield has been the hot topic all spring. Brandon Marsh and Nick Castellanos are locked in as starters in the corners, but will Rojas' improvements at the plate be enough to land him the starting centerfield position?

Rojas worked hard this offseason to improve, but so far this spring, his bat is still struggling. He has seven hits, one walk, and eight strikeouts in 41 at-bats. His offseason work is not over, however. The Phillies' hitting coaches are working on a new swing with Rojas, as reported by MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, to reduce his long stride and sporadic movements. The coaches are seeing improvements, but it will take more time for Rojas to fully adjust.

Of course, if Rojas is in the lineup, he needs to hit. But Rojas' strength lies in the outfield, and Phillies legend Larry Bowa says he is the best centerfielder he has seen in a long time. That is big coming from Bowa, who believes the center fielder's talent alone should win him a starting spot in the lineup. The Phillies haven't always been the best team defensively, so having young outfield talent like Rojas is important to the Phils' success. However, Whit Merrifield could easily steal the job from Rojas depending on how things go, but for Opening Day, the Phillies will give it to Rojas.