Philadelphia Phillies

Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Phillies.2506901744.55
NL East4th5th4th2nd
National League 9th12th12th10th

Schedule

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Fri Feb 23
1:07 pm ET
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Sat Feb 24
1:05 pm ET
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Sun Feb 25
1:05 pm ET
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Mon Feb 26
6:35 pm ET
@NYY
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Tue Feb 27
1:05 pm ET
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Wed Feb 28
1:07 pm ET
@TOR
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Thu Mar 1
1:05 pm ET
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Fri Mar 2
1:05 pm ET
@TB
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Sat Mar 3
1:05 pm ET
BAL
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Sat Mar 3
1:05 pm ET
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Standings

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Washington0-00-0
Philadelphia0-00-0
Miami0-00-0
Atlanta0-00-0
New York0-00-0
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Phillies' Cesar Hernandez: No immediate threat to starting role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hernandez's job seem safe for the moment as the Phillies are working to increase top prospect Scott Kingery's positional flexibility, The Athletic reports.

Hernandez has been one of the Phillies' best players over the past few seasons, but his role seems potentially under threat by top prospect Scott Kingery, who shares his position and is nearly big-league ready. There was some thought that Hernandez might have to move to a utility role, one which he filled for the first few years of his major-league career. The report that it's Kingery who has been working out at different positions seems significant in that regard, as it means Hernandez is not likely to lose a ton of playing time when Kingery is eventually called up.

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Phillies' Scott Kingery: Trying multiple positions this spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kingery will get some time at third base as well as potentially shortstop and center field this spring, The Athletic reports.

The Phillies' incumbent second baseman, Cesar Hernandez, has been one of their better players over the last few seasons, so the Phillies won't want to bench him to make room for Kingery. His easiest path to playing time may be at third base, where Maikel Franco has disappointed at the big-league level. Increasing Kingery's flexibility will give him multiple routes to major-league playing time, and while he still appears unlikely to break camp with the Phillies, he should be up at some point in the middle of the season and will have the ability to receive starts at several different positions.

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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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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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