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Is Herrera that great of a prospect?

Herrera looks to see if 2016 can be more productive for him and the Phillies

A lot has been written and said about Odubel Herrera‘s first full season in the Major Leagues. He’s highly touted by many, but in 147 games last year, he scored 64 runs and had 8 HR and 41 RBI, despite his speed, he only stole 16 bases last year.

The upside is the further potential we’re possibly going to see from him, and his batting average, but that didn’t translate to all that much in terms of a team contribution last year.

The Phillies traded Ben Revere, who wasn’t an offensive powerhouse, but gave you more stolen bases and has a career BA of .295 over 6 seasons. There are a lot of similarities between Revere and Herrera.

Ben Revere has gone on to be a Blue Jay and now this year will be back in the NL East with the Washington Nationals.

Both Revere and Herrera have shown tremendous potential, with Revere having a lot of seasons under his belt now, he has delivered a consistent batting average near .300 or over, and is a scrappy lead off hitter. We’re still waiting to see how Herrera develops this year, it should be interesting.

The one thing that Obudel has to realize is that he isn’t that superstar yet, he has to put his game face on and get out on the field and start making things happen.

Baseball Prospectus has released it’s 2016 Pecota ratings, it has the Phillies in last place this season with a 65-97 prediction for them, I think they are going to be better than that.

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