Over the last couple of days a handful of Philadelphia Phillies sources took their stabs at predicting which players would come north with the club at the end of March, making up the club’s official 26-man 2020 Opening Day roster.
So, why not me?
For a team that has not finished with a winning record or finished above third place in any of the last eight seasons, there are actually not too many spots up for grabs – at the moment.
One thing we all know about spring training is that things change from late-February through late-March. Injuries occur, trades happen, and pop-up players surprise with unexpectedly outstanding performances that are impossible to ignore.
For now, these are the 26 players who I would open the first season with under new skipper Joe Girardi if today were the regular season opener, rather than simply the Grapefruit League opener.
I will re-visit this again as we come down to the wire a month from now, taking a look at how this list held up and examining who may have emerged with a better opportunity.
STARTING PITCHERS (5)
Aaron Nola: RHP turns 27 in June, sixth season in MLB, all with Phillies
Zack Wheeler: RHP turns 30 in May, sixth season in MLB, first with Phillies
Jake Arrieta: RHP turns 34 in early March, 11th season in MLB, third with Phillies
Zach Eflin: RHP turns 26 in April, fifth season in MLB, all with Phillies
Vince Velasquez: RHP turns 28 in June, sixth season in MLB, fifth with Phillies
RELIEF PITCHERS (6)
Hector Neris: RHP turns 31 in June, seventh season in MLB, all with Phillies
Seranthony Dominguez: RHP is 25 all season, his third in MLB, all with Phillies
Bud Norris, RHP turns 35 in March, 11th season in MLB, first with Phillies
Jose Alvarez: LHP turns 31 in May, eighth season in MLB, second with Phillies
Francisco Liriano, LHP is 36 all season, 15th season in MLB, first with Phillies
Adam Morgan, LHP turns 30 next week, sixth season in MLB, all with Phillies
J.T. Realmuto, RH turns 29 in March, seventh season in MLB, second with Phillies
Andrew Knapp, SH is 28 all season, fourth in MLB, all with Phillies
Deivy Grullon, RH is 24 all season, second in MLB, both with Phillies
Rhys Hoskins, 1B: RH turns 27 in March, fourth season in MLB, all with Phillies
Scott Kingery, 2B: RH turns 26 in April, third season in MLB, all with Phillies
Didi Gregorius, SS: RH is 30 all season, ninth season in MLB, first with Phillies
Jean Segura, 3B: RH turns 30 in March, ninth season in MLB, second with Phillies
Josh Harrison: RH turns 33 in July, 10th season in MLB, first with Phillies
Neil Walker: SH turns 35 in September, 12 season in MLB, first with Phillies
Bryce Harper, RF: LH is 27 all season, ninth season in MLB, second with Phillies
Adam Haseley, CF: LH turns 24 in April, second season in MLB, both with Phillies
Andrew McCutchen, LF: RH is 33 all season, 12th season in MLB, second with Phillies
Jay Bruce: LH turns 33 in April, 13th season in MLB, second with Phillies
Nick Williams: LH turns 27 in September, fourth season in MLB, all with Phillies
Roman Quinn: SH turns 27 in May, fourth season in MLB, all with Phillies
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