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Diving into the depths: Philadelphia Phillies

Feb 5, 2010, 7:13 PM EDT

This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training.
Philadelphia Phillies
Rotation
1. Roy Halladay
2. Cole Hamels
3. Joe Blanton
4. J.A. Happ
5. Jamie Moyer
6. Kyle Kendrick
7. Antonio Bastardo
8. Jose Contreras
9. Drew Carpenter
10. Ryan Vogelsong
11. Joe Savery
Barring the addition of Pedro Martinez or another veteran, Kendrick figures to hold down the fifth spot at the start of the year, since Moyer is going to be recovering from his surgeries. I feel a little bit better about that than I would have a year ago, mainly because he improved his groundball rate in Triple-A. Still, he doesn’t miss bats. Contreras would likely prove to be a superior option, but the Phillies signed him intending to use him in the pen.
Bullpen
1. Brad Lidge
2. Ryan Madson
3. Danys Baez
4. J.C. Romero
5. Chad Durbin
6. Jose Contreras
7. Antonio Bastardo
8. Sergio Escalona
9. Jamie Moyer
10. Kyle Kendrick
11. Mike Zagurski
12. Phillippe Aumont
13. Scott Mathieson
14. David Herndon
15. Ehren Wassermann
16. Ryan Vogelsong
17. Pat Overholt
18. Bill White
Six spots are spoken for, but only if Lidge (knee) and Romero (elbow) can return from their surgeries in time for Opening Day. The Phillies still figure to add another left-hander from a group that includes Joe Beimel and Alan Embree.


Catcher
1. Carlos Ruiz
2. Brian Schneider
3. Paul Hoover
4. Dane Sardinha
First base
1. Ryan Howard
2. Ross Gload
3. Andy Tracy
Second base
1. Chase Utley
2. Juan Castro
3. Placido Polanco
4. Cody Ransom
Third base
1. Placido Polanco
2. Greg Dobbs
3. Juan Castro
4. Cody Ransom
Shortstop
1. Jimmy Rollins
2. Juan Castro
3. Cody Ransom
4. Brian Bocock
The Phillies were aggressive in going after Castro, even though they really could have used someone better in a reserve role, particularly since they lost Jason Donald (in the Cliff Lee trade) as another potential fallback. Fortunately, Polanco is their only infielder with a spotty track record as far as health and even he’s played in 140 games in three straight seasons.
Left field
1. Raul Ibanez
2. Ben Francisco
3. John Mayberry Jr.
4. Ross Gload
5. Dewayne Wise
Center field
1. Shane Victorino
2. Ben Francisco
3. Dewayne Wise
4. Chris Duffy
Right field
1. Jayson Werth
2. Ben Francisco
3. John Mayberry Jr.
4. Ross Gload
5. Dewayne Wise
The outfield depth isn’t in question. Francisco would be a perfectly adequate regular at any of the three spots, and Mayberry would offer power off the bench if any starters go down. Assuming that everyone is healthy, Mayberry will return to Triple-A. The Phillies are set with a bench of Francisco, Gload, Dobbs, Castro and Schneider.

  1. GSS - Feb 5, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    Aumont is being converted back to a starter; Bastardo is in the bullpen permanently.

  2. wesphil - Feb 5, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Not a lot of research done on this list.

  3. jake - Feb 5, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    wont matter, phils at best will lose in the world series again. They got one pitcher that scares anyone in Halladay, bullpen problems were not addressed this offseason and too many guys like howard who swing and miss who get exposed badly when they go up against good pitching.

  4. Old Gator - Feb 6, 2010 at 12:40 AM

    The only real Achilles heel this team has is its bullpen. Brad Lidge apparently grew up idolizing Mitch Williams and Kevin Gregg, and no doubt the next Gopher King is gestating somewhere and will grow up idolizing all three of them. I look for them to make a move early in the season if Lidge comes back on dysfunctional bionic knees and starts puking up leads, not to mention chunks of horsemeat and velveeta.

  5. Marinebuoy58 - Feb 6, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    It’s time for the Phightin’s to offer Moyer a coaching position so we don’t have to wait for the wheels to fall off every fifth day. What exactly do the power’s that be think they owe Jamie anyway….?

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  8. Jonny5 - Feb 8, 2010 at 10:40 AM

    LOL!!! you’re just jealous the closest thing you have to our delicious cheese steaks, tastes like fishy chicken on a roll and used to dwell on the bottom of a river occasionally feasting on humans before being consumed.
    But you’re right about Lidge, I’m one of the few Philly fans who never trusted Lidge when he had his “perfect” season. Everytime he came out, I could barely watch… He has 2 pitches and one is an in the dirt slider so, it’s not too hard to get past the guy really, all you need is patience.. His fastball is a gopher, wait for it. Quite simple.

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