We can talk about how we love this team for the next three months or so, but we need to talk about who’s hot.
The Phillies are clearly in the midst of a rebuild, and with a bunch of good young arms on the market, they’re going to be in for a bumpy ride.
That’s not a knock on the team, it’s just a reminder that we’re talking about a team that could be a playoff contender next year.
Here’s who to start looking at.
#1: Chase Headley, OF/OF-OFA-OFI First and foremost, Chase Headleys hotness will have everyone salivating.
The righty is the only Phillies player to have at least 20 stolen bases in three different seasons, and has a career .284/.358/.484 slash line in his career, which is tied for seventh best in the NL.
The fact that he’s also a .292 hitter with a career slash line of .321/.357/.479 is just crazy, and his ability to drive in runs is just as impressive.
Headley is going to start the year with the Philadelphia Phillies, and is likely to be the centerpiece of the club’s rebuild.
His offensive production should continue to grow, and if he can hit consistently, we’ll probably see him hit a few homers to push his season totals even higher.
If the Phillies decide to move Headley this offseason, we’re all in for an exciting offseason.
Headleys 2016 campaign was an incredible story, and he deserves a huge boost in production this year.
The Philadelphia Phillies traded for Headley during the offseason.
He signed a five-year, $40MM deal with Philadelphia, and hit .279/.343/.439 in his first year with Philadelphia.
He had two big seasons in 2017, including an incredible season with the Phillies in which he batted .305/.376/.523.
Headlee’s offensive explosion has only increased since the trade, and it’s a testament to the young outfielder’s ability to stay healthy and keep his bat in top form.
The big question mark heading into next season is Headley’s offensive potential.
He’s still only 26 years old, and should still have a couple years of power left in him, but his age and power profile aren’t exactly enticing right now.
Head has the tools to be a top-of-the-rotation offensive player, but he’s going to have to take a step forward in the near future to make the leap to the majors.
#2: Matt Garza, 1B/OF/OFI Matt Garzas .304/.357/470 slash line is a career high, and could get even better if he continues to develop his defense.
Garza is just 26 years-old and still only entering his prime.
His .295/.379/.479 slash line from 2016 was a career-high, and while his strikeout rate was a bit below his career average, he’s been more of a power hitter.
His best tool is his defense, and when he plays with confidence, he has a chance to be one of the best hitters in baseball.
Garz is a guy who should be a strong addition to the Phillies roster.
The 2017 season was a huge breakout year for the outfielder, and the results were immediate.
Garzo hit .311/.374/.471 in the Phillies first 100 games of the season.
He also posted an OPS+ of 113, which was second best in baseball behind only Bryce Harper.
It’s tough to imagine Garza not being an elite hitter in his prime, and that’s not even taking into account the power that he has.
Garzuas breakout season was followed by a subpar second half, which ultimately cost him his job.
The outfielder struggled mightily in 2017 and could never come close to replicating the production he had last season.
In 2018, Garza’s defense will need to be on par with his first half, and we don’t expect that to happen until 2019.
If Garza can improve on his defensive play, he’ll be a major upgrade at the position.
#3: Justin Turner, 2B/SS/OF If there’s one player in baseball that we can all agree on, it has to be Justin Turner.
He hit .301/.372/.458 with an OPS of 131, which ranked third among qualified hitters.
His slash line was a strong .321-.363/.480, and a career average of .286/.351/.469.
Turner is the quintessential young shortstop, and one of baseball’s most athletic.
His power is undeniable, and there’s no question that Turner has the potential to become one of this generation’s elite position players.
The only question is how much he can translate that power to the plate.
Turner was a key part of the 2016 Philadelphia Phillies’ breakout season, and was instrumental in helping Philadelphia post a second straight NL East title.
Turner hit 20 homers and