Odubel Herrera entered camp last season with the starting center field job locked down after an impressive rookie season as a Rule 5 pick in 2015. He was an on-base machine early on, walking 22 percent of the time in April and continuing at a solid clip in May and June before seemingly abandoning his newfound patience in July when he walked just 5.9 percent of the time. Herrera also struggled against lefties last season, hitting just .236 with a .599 OPS in 144 at-bats after hitting .293 with a .720 OPS against southpaws in 2015. The downturn is primarily BABIP driven as Herrera had a .402 BABIP against lefties in 2015 and a .321 BABIP in 2016. Despite those warts, Herrera has plenty of fantasy value thanks to his blend of power and speed. If he can rediscover his approach from the first half of 2016, he can be an across the board asset, as he should be hitting in the top third of the lineup. He inked a team-friendly five-year, $30.5 million extension this offseason, ensuring a regular role going forward.
Herrera (cramps) went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Twins. Herrera missed Wednesday's game due to cramping from dehydration. He is expected to hit third for the Phillies, giving him a solid spot in the lineup to increase his counting stats this season.
Herrera was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to cramps, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. The Phillies' decision to remove Herrera from the mix Wednesday appears to be precautionary, According to Ryan Lawrence of the Philly Voice, Herrera is dealing with dehydration after returning from the World Baseball Classic.
Herrera was scratched from Tuesday's lineup after he discovered he needed to secure paperwork to play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic next month, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Herrera left the team to fly to the Venezuelan consulate in New Orleans. He is expected to return to camp later in the day Tuesday. Manager Pete Mackanin said Herrera will play some left field this spring in order to help him prepare for the WBC since he will not be Venezuela's center fielder. He will remain in center field for the Phillies this season.
Galvis will start in the outfield for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, Ryan Lawrence of the Philly Voice reports. Herrera, who signed a five-year contract extension with the Phillies in December, is coming off a breakout year in 2016, having hit .286/.361/.420 with 15 home runs and 25 stolen bases. He will start alongside Carlos Gonzalez and Ender Inciarte in the outfield for Team Venezuela.
Herrera signed a five-year extension containing two additional team options with the Phillies on Thursday. The extension contains $30.5 million in guaranteed money, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Enquirer reports. The deal delays Herrera's free agency by at least one year and will last through the 2021 season, with the Phillies having the choice to keep him for 2022 and 2023. Herrera enjoyed a breakout season in 2016, making the All-Star team and establishing himself as a quality leadoff man and center fielder with a .286/.361/.420 line, 15 home runs, and 25 stolen bases. That led him to receiving quite the vote of confidence from the Phillies, receiving an extension and establishing himself as a building block for the Phillies' rebuilding effort. Pretty good for a player acquired in the Rule 5 Draft.