Alright, the call for the Phillies to ‘get younger’ has been answered and the Phillies are very much younger. The team has been on a rebuild for 2 regimes now, we’ve seen a very slow progression from the previous GM in Ruben Amaro Jr, and now that Matt Klentak has taken over, he’s made the team younger but where does it go from here?
We’ve seen this Phillies team get some success out of the youth movement, but it has only gone so far. Lately, they hasn’t been too many of the young players ready to step it up and claim this team as theirs. Maikel Franco has had a good first half, so has Odubel, but neither one could carry this team and even together at times, they don’t seem to be able to carry this team. So where is the next step that this Phils team needs to make?
Right now combined as a team, the Phils are 27th of 30 teams in batting average. The offensive has been dismal at times. In On Base Percentage, the Phillies are last of all 30 teams at .293 right at this moment.
In the pitching department, we’ve gotten younger, hungrier pitchers who have shown promise.
As a team, the Phils are 17th out of 30 teams in team pitching ERA, which is 4.29, starting pitchers have a combined 4.26 ERA for 14th in the league as of today.
Next season the Phillies have very little funds committed to any bulk of players, they had an $88M payroll for Opening Day this year, that’s down from $145M last year, next year they have about $24.5M on the books primarily owed to only 2 players, Ryan Howard and Matt Harrison. Howard will be bought out or traded, so he won’t be in a Phillies uniform in 2017 probably, and the way Harrison has been injured since the Phils picked him up, it will be interesting to see if he ever makes it to the mound for the Phillies.
Where do they go from here? They don’t basically have any signed beyond this year. The experiment of this year probably could continue next year with more of the same players and a very small payroll, that usually doesn’t add up to success on the playing field though in terms of many wins.