Philadelphia Phillies

Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Phillies.2506901744.55
NL East4th5th4th2nd
National League 9th12th12th10th

Schedule

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Sat Feb 24
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Mon Feb 26
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Wed Feb 28
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Phillies' Cameron Rupp: Will fight for backup catching duties
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Rupp is expected to compete with Andrew Knapp for Philadelphia's backup catching role, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

Rupp showed great power in 2017 with 14 home runs and 34 RBI, but struggled to hit for average -- he slashed .217/.299/.417 in 295 at-bats. He'll need to show he's capable behind the dish during spring training and continue to display power at the plate if he hopes to beat out Knapp. Both catchers have minor-league options remaining, so either player could begin the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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Phillies' Andrew Knapp: Set to compete for backup role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knapp will compete with teammate Cameron Rupp in spring training for backup catching duties, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

Knapp and Rupp are pretty evenly matched when it comes to defensive attributes behind the plate, and it looks to be a tight competition for a spot on Philadelphia's Opening Day roster. The 29-year-old backstop has a slight advantage at the plate, batting .257 with three home runs and 13 RBI a season ago -- Rupp hit .217 but showed impressive power, smashing 14 home runs on the year. Both Knapp and Rupp have options remaining on their contracts, so either one could end up at Triple-A Lehigh Valley to start the season.

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Phillies' Fernando Abad: Minors pact with Phillies
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Abad signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies on Saturday that includes an invite to spring training, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The 32-year-old southpaw logged a 3.30 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 37 strikeouts in 43.2 innings last season with the Red Sox, so it's a little surprising he had to settle for a minor-league deal, although there may be incentives if he makes the roster out of camp. The only lefty on the roster currently projected to make the big-league bullpen is Adam Morgan, so Abad has a legitimate chance to break camp with the Phillies and pitch in mid-to-low-leverage situations this season.

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Phillies' Nick Pivetta: Early frontrunner for back-end rotation spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Pivetta is considered an early frontrunner for one of the Phillies' two expected vacancies in the rotation heading into the upcoming season, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic Philadelphia reports.

Montemurro lists Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff and Vince Velasquez (finger) as the likely rotation locks, leaving Pivetta to vie with Mark Leiter, Ben Lively, Jake Thompson, Zach Eflin (shoulder) and any veteran free agent the club may sign for back-end slotting. After riding a mid-90s fastball to a 9.5 K/9 rate over 133 innings in the big leagues as a rookie, Pivetta seemingly offers more fantasy upside than the arms he's competing with, though issues with walks and home runs could make him an ERA and WHIP sinkhole, as was the case in 2017. If Pivetta can show some improvement with keeping the ball in the yard and getting through innings more efficiently in his Grapefruit League outings, he should come away with a starting gig.

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Phillies' Drew Hutchison: Inks minors deal with Philadelphia
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Phillies signed Hutchison on Thursday to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

A popular sleeper target in drafts heading into the 2015 campaign after finishing 14th in swinging-strike rate among qualified starters the season prior, Hutchison has essentially fallen off the fantasy landscape after seeing his peripheral stats take dramatic steps backward over the past three years. The righty didn't surface in the majors at any point in 2017, pitching exclusively at Triple-A Indianapolis in the Pirates organization and submitting a 3.56 ERA (4.13 FIP) and 7.0 K/9 rate over 159.1 innings. He'll have an easier path to the majors for a Phillies organization that has fewer quality starting pitchers in the system, but assuming all of Philadelphia's top rotation candidates are healthy heading into the season, look for the 27-year-old to report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

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2017 Team Leaders
AVGCesar Hernandez , 2B.294
HRMaikel Franco , 3B24
RBIMaikel Franco , 3B76
OBPCesar Hernandez , 2B.373
SLGOdubel Herrera , CF.452
RCesar Hernandez , 2B85
SBCesar Hernandez , 2B15
WAaron Nola , SP12
ERAAaron Nola , SP3.54
WHIPAaron Nola , SP1.21
KAaron Nola , SP184
SVHector Neris , RP26

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