This is why teams are really eyeing McCann

In a catching landscape short on hitters, free agent James McCann’s bat alone would be enough to garner plenty of looks this winter. Never much of a threat over his first five seasons, McCann’s offense came alive after he signed with the White Sox prior to 2019: he’s been a top-five offensive backstop since then, […]

Phillies Defense Part 1: Just out of Reach

This season, as in so many others this past decade, the Phillies defense was a weakness. But it wasn’t supposed to be. In 2019 the defense graded out well by publicly available metrics, especially the outfield. Then, during the offseason, the front office made moves to improve the infield defense. Coming into the 2020 season […]

69 thoughts for all 69 players coming to Phillies spring training

Most springs, Phillies camp begins with some portable lockers on one side of the clubhouse because there isn’t enough space to accommodate everyone. It’s cramped. But in most springs, the Phillies don’t assemble a vast tryout roster to fill their bullpen and bench needs like they have in 2020. The front office has attacked the […]

Stat of the Week: Evaluating the Phillies’ Infield Shifts

By ANDREW KYNE Jake Arrieta’s recent comments called attention to the Philadelphia Phillies’ infield shifts. The veteran right-hander complained that his team is “the worst in the league with shifts,” and by our Shift Runs Saved metric at Sports Info Solutions, he is indeed correct. The Phillies rank last in Major League Baseball in Shift Runs Saved, […]

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