Utley Plays the Field, Revere …

The line up for today’s Alumni Day game has some interesting features.  In addition to the  marquee pairing of starting pitchers Cole Hamels and R.A. Dickey, today marks the first appearance of Chase Utley at second base.

Ben Revere makes his first appearance in an outfield position other than center field since joining the Phillies in 2013 when he begins the game in left field.  Odubel Herrera gets the start in center.

To round out the line up surprises, Brian Bogusevic with his .400 spring batting average and 3 home runs get the start in right field.

In addition the Phillies have made another roster move.

Tommy Joseph has been optioned/reassigned to the minor league camp.  He joins recently optioned/reassigned Maikel Franco, Nefi Ogando, Joely Rodriguez, and Elvis Araujo as the latest reductions to the spring training roster.

27 thoughts on “Utley Plays the Field, Revere …

  1. Ah ha, finally what I predicted. It makes more sense to put Revere’s arm in LF if Herrera can hold down CF. Glad to see them trying it. Bogusevic is a former 1st rd pick, you never know sometimes but it’s worth giving him a shot.

      1. They may be more interested in another right-handed OFer bat ,other then Ruf.
        But Sizemore vs Bogusevic could be a battle for that other OFer slot.

      1. I was at the game. The game summary says that in the second inning Daulton Pompey doubled to Bogusevic on a ball that glanced off Herrera’s glove. In reality, Herrera charged a sinking line drive and missed it. Pompey was the eighth hitter and followed by Dickey. I didn’t mind his aggressiveness. I joked at the time that he even ran the correct route to the ball. But, I thought it would be scored a single with an error that allowed the batter to reach second. When I noticed that no error was posted I checked the summary and was surprised at the lenient scoring decision. Note that Bogusevic was backing up the play from the outset and was in position to cut the ball off before it got near the track and keep Pompey at second.

        On the assist, the ball was hit to the wall in centerfield, near where it creates an angle. It was a tough ball to track and he had his back to the field when it came down. He was in position to pick the ball up immediately and throw strongly to Galvis.

        1. Sorry 4 the thumps down I ment up . All them guys are just holding down until the fort down . I think Francoeur just because he has righted power and that strong arm.

    1. Similar to Cliff Lee. he rested it in the fall and was going well thru the off-season program. Then it occurs the other day out of nowhere as he says. He probably will rest it again for a month or so, and if it happens again, I guess he will go the Cliff Lee route.

  2. Herrera struggled with two line drives right at him. Those are very tough plays to make and ones that he’ll improve on with more experience. I believe they’re linung up the same way with revere in LF again today

    1. People don’t realize this, but Ben Revere, debilitating injury and all, was a really good offensive player last year. He put up a 2.8. bWAR on offense. Defense killed him – he was minus 1.8. Historically, he’s actually put up much better defensive numbers on the corner. He could end up being one of the strangest left fielders in history, but if he can put up a 2.5 oWAR and a 1 dWAR in left field, suddenly, he’s a very competent, albeit entire bizarre, left fielder. The real question is how well Herrera could perform in center – I’m willing to see him try. The things people are seeing from Herrera appear legit. Again, I was down there for 4 days. He played every day and while it’s a crazy small sample size, he looked for the world like a big league player – and a decent one at that.

      1. A Marc Hulet, Fangraphs scouting report on Herrera from back in Nov 2012:
        Hard to believe that he could be let go by the Rangers in 2014 without trying to trade him at some point along the line for something in returng!

        The Texas Rangers minor league system boasts an impressive glut of middle infield prospects – including Jurickson Profar, Luis Sardinas, Rougned Odor, Leury Garcia, and Hanser Alberto – which is likely one of the reasons that led to the exclusion of Herrera from the 40-man roster. The situation actually reminds me a bit of the Toronto Blue Jays system back in the late 90s when the organization had the likes of Felipe Lopez, Cesar Izturis, Michael Young, Joey Lawrence, Tomas Perez, and Brent Abernathy, many of whom contributed at the big league level but with modest overall results. Herrera, who turns 21 in late December, doesn’t have a huge build – which limits his projection to a degree – but I was impressed with the raw pop that he generated thanks to a quick bat, strong wrists and good hip rotation. I was surprised with how well the ball carried off his bat, and the fact that he hits from the left side only adds to his potential value. Although he doesn’t walk a ton (6% walk rate in 2012), I did notice during his at-bats that he took a good number of pitches and worked himself into favorable hitters’ counts – including a four-pitch walk. With some maturity, I could see him working out of the No. 2 hole in the line-up. The young Venezuelan also has good speed but his base running is still rough-around-the-edges and needs some fine tuning. He likely has the potential to steal 20-30 bases with regular playing time in the majors. Defensively, Herrera also needs a fair bit of work and splitting time between both middle infield spots has likely slowed his development at both positions. He’s athletic enough that he should iron out his issues at both shortstop and second base but he’ll need reps and continued experience. The natural actions and range are there and he has enough arm to play shortstop on at least a part-time basis.
        Herrera is a project and would not be ready to contribute at the big league level in 2013 so a team choosing him in the Rule 5 draft would have to be willing to work with a 24-man roster. I’ve seen enough from him to project a floor of big league utility player and a ceiling of an above-average second baseman with more gap power than you might expect from his physical build.

        Projected Tools Grades (20-80)
        Hitting: 55 Power: 45 Speed: 60 Arm: 60 Fielding: 60


        1. Maybe so, but the options in the outfield are not very attractive. I have to admit that I’m pretty shocked that Sizemore hasn’t been better thus far. He’s healthy and was on a HOF type pace when he hurt his knee. I was hoping he would bounce back the way Beltran did. Maybe he still will. Who knows?

          1. Not that his 24 spring ABs means much, but I don’t think Sizemore can be the same player, athletically, that he was before. It’s not just one knee injury but multiple microfracture surgeries, multiple hernia surgeries, back surgery, elbow surgery… it’s kind of surprising that he’s still playing at all.

    1. Well, if he could have kept up the pace from ’05 thru ’08, for about another half-dozen years he may have been a very good candidate for the HoF. Almost 25WAR for those four years alone.

        1. I don’t understand that comment. Only a very select few put up about 25 WAR through their age 25 season as Sizemore did. He was a bona fide star for several years and was just entering his prime when he started getting hurt.

          1. I think he meant that you can say “if” about any player. Albeit, Sizemore’s “if” is probably smaller than most.

  3. Herrera having some growing pains these last two games in CF. Betts with an insider HR.
    Odubel is aggressive at there which is a good sign for learning..

  4. I was wondering can Odubel wear a batting helmet in the outfield. He might get killed going for fly balls without one?

    1. rocco….lol, though it is allowed, John Olerud had a waiver to do it at first base with the Jays way back when, due to a brain aneurysm he suffered earlier in his life.
      But have faith in Herrera as a OFer, from what I have read he really has progressed within these last 5 months since starting winter ball. For sure he has a strong enough arm and the speed.

  5. Bogie is another Lefty hitter which we seem to stockpile. That hurts his chances of making the squad, though he could make it over Grady (if we eat his salary)

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