Phillies 2020 Lineup Predictions.
The Phillies 2019 season sucked. Spring Training is underway down in Clearwater, Florida. Phillies baseball is back. Let’s run through what we know, don’t know, and would like to see with the Phillies lineup as we approach opening day:
Catcher: JT Realmuto “The Best Catcher in All of Baseball”
Phillies just hit arbitration and JT is here for 10 million this season. The guy is a fucking stud. He wanted 12.5 million – and he’ll most likely get even more than that before the season ends. There’s no way the Phillies can let this guy walk.
First Base: Rhys Hoskins
All signs point to Rhys Hoskins having a better season than last year. I’m a huge Rhys guy. He comes back to spring training with a new stance. A much-needed adjustment – looks more balanced and hopefully will stop his dramatic first step at the ball at the plate.
2nd Base: Scott Kingery
To start Spring Training – Girardi had Segura at 3rd base against the Pirates yesterday. Clear move to free up 2nd base for Scott Kingery. 2nd Base is where Kingery belongs and ideally, where he will play. Scott can play anywhere but the hype around him and 2nd base and Girardi’s comments on getting him into one position rather than all over the field should be an indicator that 2nd belongs to Scott.
Shortstop: SIR DIDI Gregorius
Girardi’s guy. A fucking Knight (seriously) with tons of potential. Girardi is high on him and hopefully, he can improve on a down year last year where he hit .261 with only 20 homers. A boost from that and it’s a good pick-up. Early signs in Spring Training – Didi has an absolute cannon of an arm but needs to work on-field chemistry with Segura – assuming he’s at 3rd.
3rd Base: Jean Segura & Alec Bohm
BOHM is incoming. Dude has been tearing it up and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t bring him up to play 3rd base. There’s no rush – given the fact that Jean Segura is still on the team but a young, talented player like Bohm is going to be hard to ignore.
Regardless, I think everyone would like to see a bit more from Jean this year in Philly. He can definitely improve in the hustle department and get that average up to the Seattle numbers in 2018 where he hit .300 – but the question still remains: Do the Phillies really have a spot for him? The Phillies should be looking to move Segura at some point this season given the fact that Alec Bohm is the heir to 3rd base and Kingery the heir to 2nd.
Right Field: Harper 2.0.
Guy just says all the right things. My guy is just happy to be here.
Expecting big things from Harper this year to the tune of 40 HRs, 130 RBs, and a .280 BA. MVP! MVP! MVP!
Oh, and he’s got the best hair in baseball too. Fucking love this guy and he loves this city.
Center Field: Adam Haseley & Roman Quinn
That psycho Herrera is likely gone – although he’s at Spring Training being a weirdo per usual. This leaves room for Adam Haseley to take the spot with Roman Quinn nipping at his heels.
Roman Quinn, when healthy, seems to be a solid option for the job. Switch hitter, great baserunner, and lightning-fast in the field. But again, you never know if the guy can stay healthy though which brings us to Adam Haseley.
Haseley is 23 years old. He has a huge upside and one of the toughest outs on the team. He doesn’t have Gabe in his way sending him down to the minors in favor of Jay Bruce this year either. Let’s give this kid a shot at developing and see what he can do.
Left Field: ANDREW MCCUTCHEON
Definitely not whatever this delusional, cranky old man called him in this tweet:
Cutch says he’s feeling good after ACL surgery. If he’s close to what he gave us last year – he’ll be just fine. The leader in the clubhouse, can hit anywhere in the lineup, just an all-around great player to have around.
Andrew Knapp (god help us). Jay Bruce (power from the left). Roman Quinn (as long as the wind isn’t blowing too hard and he falls over and breaks every bone in his body), Phil Gosselin, the new guys Josh Harrison (utility guy), Neil Walker, and Nick Williams is always hanging around.