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  • Spencer Howard Impressive In Spring Debut

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Spencer Howard fired a clean inning with two strikeouts in his Grapefruit League debut versus the Pirates. Especially encouraging for the Phillies' top pitching prospect was his four-seam fastball which averaged 96 MPH on Friday after sitting at 94 MPH for most of last season. Howard is competing for a spot in the starting rotation, but could also pitch out of the bullpen if he doesn't win a rotation job out of Spring Training. Howard is a must-roster player in keeper or dynasty formats and would have value in redraft as well if he is in the starting rotation.

    Mar 5 · RotoBaller Phillies Spencer Howard
  • J.T. Realmuto Has Cast Removed Friday

    Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto (thumb) had the cast on his thumb removed Friday. Realmuto will now be wearing a splint on his broken thumb, which will allow for more mobility, though he'll still be unable to hit or throw. It's still some measure of progress for the 29-year-old backstop, who is still slated to be ready for Opening Day. Realmuto has posted an OPS of at least .820 in each of the last three seasons- scoring and driving in at least 70 runs in 2018 and 2019. Despite his inactivity this spring, Realmuto will still be the top catcher off the board in fantasy and could even fall past his 45 ADP in some drafts.

    Mar 5 · RotoBaller Phillies J.T. Realmuto
  • Adam Haseley Out Four Weeks Due To Groin Strain

    Mar 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Phillies Adam Haseley
  • J.T. Realmuto (thumb) cast removed and replaced with splint

    Mar 5 · FantasyPros Phillies J.T. Realmuto
  • Bryce Harper To Make Spring Debut In Next Few Days

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper could see his first game action of the spring on Friday against the Pirates. Manager Joe Girardi said the team is thinking that Harper will take the field in the next few days, but that Friday is a real possibility for his Grapefruit League debut. The 28-year-old slugger had a fine season for the Phillies in 2020, slashing .268/.420/.542 with 13 homers and eight stolen bases in 58 games. Not only did Harper post the highest walk rate of his career last season, but the underlying numbers- 96th percentile in expected batting average and 99th in expected slugging- suggest that his counting stats could have been even better than they were. Don't let Harper fall past his 18 ADP as he has a high floor as well as the upside to exceed 100 runs, RBI, and walks in 2021.

    Mar 4 · RotoBaller Phillies Bryce Harper
  • Scott Kingery Homers In Spring Training Game Thursday

    Philadelphia Phillies infielder/outfielder Scott Kingery hit a solo home run to lead off Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees. Kingery is trying to earn a starting job after batting just .159 in 36 games last season. Kingery had severe symptoms during a battle with COVID-19 last July and also missed time with a shoulder injury. If he's healthy, he can be a sneaky-good fantasy asset as a late-round flier. Kingery is a former top-prospect who posted a .826 OPS across Double-A and Triple-A and his multi-position eligibility is a nice bonus for fantasy managers looking for bench players with upside.

    Mar 4 · RotoBaller Phillies Scott Kingery
  • Odubel Herrera Homers In Spring Training Game Thursday

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera homered in Thursday's spring training game versus the Yankees. Herrera hit a moonshot off Deivi Garcia to lead off the bottom of the second inning after gunning down a runner at the plate to end the top of the frame. Herrera's presence in Phillies camp has been controversial following his domestic-violence arrest, but he is under contract and so far has said all the right things since arriving in camp. The center field job in Philly is wide open, so if Herrera plays well, he could work his way into a starting role. Herrera slashed .255/.310/.420 with 22 homers in 2019, so he would have fantasy value in deeper formats if he finds his way into regular playing time.

    Mar 4 · RotoBaller Phillies Odubel Herrera
  • Andrew Knapp To See Expanded Role In 2021

    Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp will see an expanded role this season, even when J.T. Realmuto is healthy, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Knapp has been working as the team's top catcher as Realmuto deals with an injury, though reports indicate Realmuto is still on track for Opening Day. Knapp is a light-hitting backup catcher who has just 11 career homers across 668 plate appearances, dating back to 2016. This could, however, affect Realmuto, who is being drafted as the top catcher in fantasy. The former Marlin caught more innings than any catcher over the last four years, and the Phillies said they will look to get him more rest as he enters his age-30 season. Realmuto should still be considered the top backstop in fantasy, but less playing time could pull him back to the pack a bit, making him a riskier selection over players at other positions.

    Mar 4 · RotoBaller Phillies Andrew Knapp
  • J.T. Realmuto To Get X-Ray At The End Of The Week

    Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto (thumb) will receive an X-ray at the end of the week to determine if he can remove the cast on his broken thumb, according to manager Joe Girardi. While Realmuto hopes to be ready by Opening Day, there's still a chance that he'll need to miss the start of the regular season. He's been catching bullpens for the past week, and fantasy managers would certainly be even more optimistic if he's allowed to have his cast removed later this week. Despite his right thumb injury, Realmuto remains in a tier all to himself at the thin catcher position in fantasy. The soon-to-be 30-year-old hit .266/.349/.491 with an .840 OPS, 11 home runs, 32 RBI and even four stolen bases in the shortened 2020 season. The two-time All-Star managed a career-high 25 homers and 83 RBI in his last full season in 2019.

    Mar 3 · RotoBaller Phillies J.T. Realmuto
  • Zach Eflin Impressive In Spring Debut

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin threw two scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday against the Tigers. Eflin struck out three, including back-to-back strikeouts to end a dominant first inning where he needed just 11 pitches. The 26-year-old righty is coming off a strong season where he posted a career-best 3.97 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. His improvements are supported by a change in pitch-mix to feature his sinker and curveball more. This led to an improvement in most skill-based pitching metrics including a whopping 10 percent increase in K-rate (28.6). Eflin should be drafted before his near-200 average draft position.

    Mar 3 · RotoBaller Phillies Zach Eflin
  • Odubel Herrera Returns To Action Tuesday

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera played in his first game on Tuesday in Grapefruit League action since his arrest on domestic-violence charges two years ago. The former All-Star went 1-for-3 with a single and a stolen base, and manager Joe Girardi said he "looked pretty normal" while playing right field. Herrera last played on May 26, 2019 and was suspended for the rest of that season. He was not part of the 60-player pool for the shortened season in 2020. Herrera will make $10 million this year in the final season of a five-year, $30.5 million deal that includes two options. The 29-year-old is in camp as a non-roster invitee and is trying to earn the trust of his teammates back. There's no guarantee that he'll win a job on the active roster entering the regular season.

    Mar 3 · RotoBaller Phillies Odubel Herrera
  • Alec Bohm Goes Hitless In Spring Debut

    Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm went 0-for-3 in his first Grapefruit League action on Sunday against the Tigers. The former top-prospect batted an impressive .338 last season with a .400 on-base percentage. The average was aided by a .410 BABIP, but Bohm displayed impressive batted-ball skill posting a 10.3 percent barrel rate and a 90.2 MPH average exit velocity. Bohm certainly has a bright future in Philadelphia, however, he does carry considerable risk in fantasy having played just 44 games above Double-A. Bohm is a high-risk, high-reward pick going just outside the top-100 in average draft position.

    Mar 1 · RotoBaller Phillies Alec Bohm
  • Ivan Nova Clobbered In First Spring Start

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Ivan Nova allowed five runs while only recording one out in his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday. Nova allowed a home run on his first pitch of the game and things went downhill from there as the veteran couldn't escape the first inning. The Phillies inked Nova to a minor league deal in January and he'll compete with Vince Velasquez, Matt Moore, and Chase Anderson for a spot in the rotation. Nova posted a SIERA over five in his last full season and has just a 16.8 career strikeout rate so fantasy managers shouldn't be drafting Nova.

    Feb 28 · RotoBaller Phillies Ivan Nova
  • Adam Haseley Homers In First Grapefruit League Game

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Adam Haseley homered in his first at-bat of Spring Training to make the first move in the battle for the job in center field. With most of the Phillies regulars out of the lineup, Haseley batted leadoff and lined an opposite-field home run on the second pitch of the game. The 24-year-old is battling Roman Quinn, Mickey Moniak, and Odubel Herrera for the center field job. Haseley batted .278 last season but did little else posting just a .342 slugging percentage and a .063 ISO in 40 games. Early drafters can disregard Haseley, but the former prospect would have some value in five-outfielder formats if he wins the starting gig.

    Feb 28 · RotoBaller Phillies Adam Haseley
  • Mickey Moniak A Possibility For Job In Center Field

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Mickey Moniak shouldn't be ruled out for the starting job in center field with manager Joe Girardi saying, "I think if you're in camp, you're in the mix," according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. The starting center field job in Philadelphia is wide open with Adam Haseley, Roman Quinn, Scott Kingery, and even Odubel Herrera expected to get an opportunity. If Moniak performers well in Spring Training, however, it sounds like Girardi would give the 22-year-old a shot. The number-one overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, Moniak made his debut last September to mixed-results. In Double-A in 2019, Moniak hit 11 homers and stole 15 bases so he offers solid upside in fantasy when he does get the call to the Majors.

    Feb 25 · RotoBaller Phillies Mickey Moniak
  • Aaron Nola Aiming For 200 Innings This Season

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola expects to pitch on normal rest this season and wants to make 33-plus starts. Nola said he's preparing his body for a typical workload which he defined as, "Get past the 200-inning mark and 30 starts," according to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki. That's a lofty goal coming off the pandemic-shortened season but Nola is undoubtedly among the pitchers with a chance to fire 200 frames in 2021. He was one of 17 pitchers to reach 70 innings last season and he reached 200 innings in both 2018 and 2019, all while averaging over a strikeout-per-inning. Nola is one of the true aces in fantasy and will cost a second-round pick in most leagues.

    Feb 25 · RotoBaller Phillies Aaron Nola
  • Zack Wheeler Feels Good After Fingernail Surgery

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler said he feels 100 percent healthy after throwing bullpen sessions in Spring Training. Wheeler ripped a fingernail on his pitching hand last September that caused him to miss a start. This is the second time in his career Wheeler had this surgery and said it is not affecting him throwing the baseball. Wheeler is coming off a solid first season in Philadelphia where he went 4-2 with a 2.92 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. He won't provide a ton of strikeouts with just a 22.4% career-strikeout rate and some ERA regression should be expected (3.76 xFIP). Wheeler's primary value in fantasy will be his ability to eat innings as he pitched 71 last season, and cleared the 180-inning plateau three of the four years before last season. He's a solid starter to target near pick 100.

    Feb 25 · RotoBaller Phillies Zack Wheeler
  • Didi Gregorius Expected In Camp On Friday

    Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius is expected to report to camp on Friday, according to Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Gregorius has been out due to visa issues, but manager Joe Girardi said this shouldn't affect his ability to be ready for the season. Gregorius had a solid first year in Philadelphia slashing .284/.339/.488 with 10 home runs playing all 60 games of the shortened campaign. Gregorius doesn't make great contact, but a 14.1% strikeout rate should help him hit for a high average again while putting up respectable power numbers in hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park. Gregorius should be drafted in all leagues that utilize a middle infield spot and is a quality starter at shortstop in deeper leagues.

    Feb 25 · RotoBaller Phillies Didi Gregorius
  • Andrew McCutchen Feeling Normal Again

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen said he finally feels normal this spring after tearing the ACL in his left knee in June of 2019. Manager Joe Girardi no longer notices a limp, and coaches see improved quickness in McCutchen. The 34-year-old isn't being stretched out by trainers for 30 minutes before each practice this spring, which has been a relief for him. Despite no designated hitter in the National League this year, McCutchen still expects to play regularly in left field. He hit .253 with 10 home runs, 34 RBI and a .757 OPS last year. His slugging percentage (.433) remained in line with his previous four seasons, while his on-base percentage (.324) dropped significantly from .358. Cutch is no longer in his prime, but he can still provide moderate numbers across the board as a late-round pick one more year removed from his knee injury.

    Feb 24 · RotoBaller Phillies Andrew McCutchen
  • Phillies Have Expressed Interest In Jake Odorizzi

    The Philadelphia Phillies have checked in on free-agent starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. The Angels, Red Sox, and others are also reportedly in the mix to sign the veteran righty. Injuries limited Odorizzi to 36 2/3 lackluster innings last season, but he was an All-Star in 2019 and still has a lot to offer entering his age-31 campaign. In 2019, Odorizzi pitched to a 3.51 ERA supported by a 3.89 xERA and a .233 xBA. He set a new career-high with a 27.1 percent strikeout rate thanks to increased usage on his splitter that earned more swings on pitches outside the strike zone. If Odorizzi were to join Philadelphia, Vince Velasquez and Spencer Howard would compete for the fifth-starter job with the other likely starting the season in relief.

    Feb 24 · RotoBaller Phillies Jake Odorizzi
  • Rhys Hoskins Medically Cleared For All Spring Training Activity

    Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins (elbow) has been medically cleared for all baseball activity following offseason elbow surgery. Hoskins was expected to be back for Opening Day, but it's good news he was able to participate in the team's first full-squad workout. Hoskins was one of the hottest hitters in baseball when the injury ended his season. After a slow start, Hoskins blasted 10 homers with a .622 slugging percentage across 25 games before missing the last 17 games of 2020. He won't hit for much average, but Hoskins should provide 25-30 homers with plenty of run and RBI opportunities in a good Phillies lineup. An elite walk rate, however, gives Hoskins significantly more value in leagues that utilize on-base percentage.

    Feb 23 · RotoBaller Phillies Rhys Hoskins
  • Phillies Are Still Hopeful For Scott Kingery

    Philadelphia Phillies utility man Scott Kingery has had anything but a normal start to his big-league career. The former top prospect signed a six-year, $28 million contract before playing an MLB game and has been largely disappointing in three years since making the Phillies. Last season, Kingery was to abandon his super-utility role and settle in as the starting second baseman, but a long bout with COVID-19 caused him to miss the start of camp. A shoulder injury ended Kingery's season in August with an anemic .127 batting average. As a result, Kingery has largely fallen off the fantasy radar, but he still offers value in deeper formats. Kingery trimmed down this offseason with the hope of returning to the player he was in the minors when he posted an OPS of .826 across Double-A and Triple-A. Kingery's multi-position eligibility helps make him worth a flier at the end of drafts in deeper leagues.

    Feb 23 · RotoBaller Phillies Scott Kingery
  • Didi Gregorius not in camp

    Feb 22 · FantasyPros Phillies Didi Gregorius
  • Rhys Hoskins (elbow) medically cleared to play

    Feb 22 · FantasyPros Phillies Rhys Hoskins
  • J.T. Realmuto Catches Bullpen Over The Weekend

    Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto (thumb) is dealing with a broken right thumb, but manager Joe Girardi said that he was able to catch reliever Brandon Kintzler's bullpen session on Saturday. Realmuto was also able to hit with his left hand and handle pop-ups while backing up the bases. The Phillies are hoping that he'll be ready by Opening Day on April 1 against the division-rival Braves. The 29-year-old All-Star is still considered the best backstop in the game, and as of now, he's still on track to be ready for the regular season. If Realmuto's ADP drops at all because of his injury, fantasy managers should be looking to take advantage after he posted career-bests in barrel rate, hard-hit percentage and walk rate in the shortened 2020 season. Realmuto should be the first catcher off the board in fantasy drafts despite his injury.

    Feb 21 · RotoBaller Phillies J.T. Realmuto
  • Ranger Suarez Behind Schedule

    Philadelphia Phillies left-handed pitcher Ranger Suarez is one of five players not in camp due to visa issues, with the others being Neftali Feliz, Mauricio Llovera, Francisco Morales and Christian Bethancourt. Because of Suarez's delayed arrival, he will not be built up as a starter when he arrives to spring training. The 25-year-old Venezuelan southpaw appeared in just three games for the Phillies in 2020 and allowed nine earned runs in just four innings for an ERA of 20.25. In 37 major league appearances in 2019, Suarez had a 3.14 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 42 strikeouts and 12 walks in 48 2/3 frames for the Phils. He has a 4.66 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in 67 2/3 major league innings over three seasons. Suarez can be avoided in all fantasy leagues in a relief role.

    Feb 19 · RotoBaller Phillies Ranger Suarez
  • Zach Eflin Refined His Changeup And Slider

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin has the potential to be an ace right alongside teammates Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler. The right-hander went 4-2 with a 3.97 ERA and a 3.39 FIP in 11 outings (10 starts) last year and leaned more on his sinker while using a more effective curveball to post a career-best 28.6 percent strikeout rate. He spent the offseason refining his changeup and slider, specifically increasing his arm speed with his changeup. Eflin also worked to add more depth to his slider. Entering his age-27 season, most fantasy managers will look at his career K/9 of 7.3 and pass on him, but if he can improve on the gains he made in 2020, you're looking at a fine sleeper candidate that will come at a cheap price (203 ADP) in the later rounds of drafts.

    Feb 19 · RotoBaller Phillies Zach Eflin
  • Bryce Harper Expected To Be Healthy This Spring

    Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper (back) should be healthy and ready to roll for the team's first full-squad workout on Monday at spring training after he finished last season with a balky back. But manager Joe Girardi also said "we'll pace ourselves a little bit with Bryce to make sure he clears every hurdle." Harper hit .268/.420/.542 with 13 home runs, 33 RBI, a .962 OPS and a 157 OPS+ in 58 games last year but tweaked his back in late August. He had a 1.192 OPS through Aug. 22, but that mark fell to .827 OPS afterward. If the 28-year-old can keep the gains he made in raising his walks and lowering his strikeouts in 2020, he should be a lock for around 35 home runs and 15-20 steals as a solid second-round pick in fantasy drafts.

    Feb 19 · RotoBaller Phillies Bryce Harper
  • Zach Eflin Overshadowed In Phillies Rotation

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin has been overshadowed by Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler in the team's rotation, and he hasn't been that great with a 4.63 ERA and 7.3 K/9 in his five-year career. But the right-hander struck out 70 in 59 innings (28.6 percent strikeout rate) while posting a 6.1 percent walk rate in 2020. His 22.4 percent K-BB ranked in the top 15 last year, in line with the likes of Max Scherzer, Luis Castillo and Blake Snell. The 6-foot-6 righty is entering his age-27 season, too, so Eflin could take the next step. He also relied more on his sinker in 2020, helping him post an xERA of 3.31 and a career-best 3.97 ERA. Eflin is a sleeper target if he continues to generate weak contact and swings and misses like he did last year.

    Feb 19 · RotoBaller Phillies Zach Eflin
  • Spencer Howard Has A Devastating Slider

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Spencer Howard didn't live up to expectations as the team's top prospect last year, but he showed flashes of his potential. The 24-year-old right-hander sat at 94 mph with his fastball and touched 97 mph and displayed a devastating slider that held opponents to a .217 average while generating whiffs on 40.7 percent of their swings. Howard profiles similarly to Trevor Bauer and Lucas Giolito based on velocity and movement, per Statcast. He had his workload managed by the Phils in 2020, but he should begin the 2021 season in the rotation and could be given the opportunity for a normal workload. Howard will need to disguise his changeup better and mix in more curveballs, but MLB's No. 42 prospect has big-time upside as a late-round selection.

    Feb 19 · RotoBaller Phillies Spencer Howard