The 25-year-old will return to the Dodgers, with whom he spent most of his first four professional seasons after being drafted in the 13th round in 2012. Sweeney mostly struggled at the Triple-A level in 2016, batting .233/.299/.345 with a strikeout rate north of 22 percent. However, he can take a walk, has some power and speed and can play the middle infield positions as well as center field.
Sweeney is hitting .231/.293/.358 with five home runs and nine stolen bases in 268 at-bats for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Sweeney was acquired from the Dodgers last season as part of the trade that sent Chase Utley to Los Angeles. His struggles this season could put his 40-man roster spot in jeopardy this offseason. The Phillies could trade Andres Blanco this month which would open up a roster spot for a utility player, but Taylor Featherston might be the choice to replace Blanco if the veteran gets dealt.
Darnell Sweeney is a candidate to be promoted from the minors if the Philadelphia Phillies don't start getting some production from their corner outfielders, Jeff Neiburg of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Cedric Hunter and Peter Bourjos have provided little offensively thus far. Sweeney is hitting .208 (5-for-24) with a double and two triples in eight games at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Will Venable and David Lough are also candidates for a promotion if the Phillies decide to make a move.
The Philadelphia Phillies optioned Darnell Sweeney to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday.
Sweeney had a shot to make the club given his ability to play both the infield and outfield, but his .558 spring OPS prevented him from making the cut. He should garner consideration for a promotion at some point this season, however.
Darnell Sweeney has a chance to earn more playing time with Aaron Altherr set to miss 4-to-6 months with a wrist injury, the PhillyVoice reports.
Sweeney played in 37 games with the Philadelphia Phillies last season after coming over from the Dodgers in the Chase Utley deal. He showed some pop in his limited time in the majors, but also struck out an unsightly 27.6% of the time. He's continued to struggle with the bat thus far this spring, having struck out six times in five games. He may need some additional time in the minors before the Phillies give him another opportunity.
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