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Philadelphia Phillies Season Recap – Position: Left Field

October 17th, 2012 at 11:26 PM
By Andrew Waltz

I have failed my loyal Philadelphia Phillies fans yet again! I’ve been moving to Arizona for a two-month school and I just got my Internet up and running. Anyway! We’re back on the season recap for the Phillies left fielders this season!

According to the Phillies’ official web site, there are four left fielders who saw playing time for the Phils in 2012.

'Juan Pierre' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Juan Pierre: 130 games, .307/.351/..371, 10 2B, 6 3B, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 59 R, 23 BB, 27 K, 95 OPS+, 1.9 WAR

I’ll be completely honest and tell you that I love Juan Pierre. I think he’s exactly what we need in the outfield to go along with the young talent that Charlie Manuel is trying to work into the lineup. He has speed, good plate discipline, and a great on-base percentage. I’ve said it a few times about Jimmy Rollins, he’s done as a leadoff hitter. Juan Pierre is getting a little older, but I’d feel confident between Pierre and Kevin Frandsen splitting the duties at the top of the order.

John Mayberry Jr.: 149 games, .245/.301/.395, 24 2B, 0 3B, 14 HR, 46 RBI, 53 R, 34 BB, 111 K, 86 OPS+, 0.5 WAR

I think we can all agree that Mayberry is not a left fielder, but he’s listed as such on the Phils official site, so we’ll talk about him here. Mayberry was a good replacement in centerfield when Shane Victorino was shipped off to Los Angeles. His on base percentage was not as high as I’d like it to be, but he’s serviceable. He hits for decent power and I like him. Since you’re reading my column, that’s really the only opinion that matters.

I’ll back up my liking with a few more comments though…Mayberry struck out way too much, and didn’t walk enough. If his walk rate would rise and his strikeout rate would come down (both likely with the new hitting coaches), his WAR and OPS+ would go up. I have confidence that, going forward, Mayberry will be a serviceable middle-of-the-order center fielder.

Laynce Nix: 70 games, .246/.315/.412, 10 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 13 R, 12 BB, 42 K, 93 OPS+, 0.1 WAR

Nix didn’t get a ton of playing time this year, which I thought was really weird. Nix was a decent outfielder during his time during his time in Washington and I thought he would see more time for us. His batting average wasn’t phenomenal, but who’s is when they only get a few at bats a week. Nix is under contract through 2013, but I’m not confident that he’ll get anymore playing time next season. He’ll be playing behind Pierre, Mayberry, Dominic Brown, Darin Ruf, and probably Nate Schierholtz.

Domonic Brown:56 games, .235/.316/.396, 11 2B, 2 2B, 5 HR, 26 RBI, 21 R, 21 BB, 34 K, 91 OPS+, -1.0 WAR

If Juan Pierre turns out to not be the guy in left field, the job could be Brown’s to lose. If Ruf makes a name for himself through Spring Training and doesn’t take away Ryan Howard’s job, he’ll be the starter in left field. Brown was called up late in the season when we shipped half of our outfield across the country and he performed about as well as expected.

As you can see from his OPS+ and WAR, Brown isn’t the best option for the Phils. He’s been the upcoming prospect for several years now, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to pan out.

Coming up this week, we’ll review the rest of the outfield and get into the bullpen and starting pitching! Stay tuned Phillies fans!

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