Full of "meh", Michael Stutes is preparing for delivering even more "meh" in 2013.
Erik Kratz provides a capable backup for Carlos Ruiz, both at the plate and behind it. The Phillies will need that, especially in the first 25 games while Chooch serves his suspension.
Will the hot spring for Dominic Brown carry over into the season? Will he finally live up to the hype and potential? Seriously, is there a better story line out there on this team? Its put up time for Dom Brown and I for one can't wait to see it.
Kyle Kendrick's continued success may determine if the Phillies make the playoffs, especially if Roy Halladay is not 100%.
Jeremy Horst was acquired for Wilson Valdez during the 2011-2012 offseason. Well, that worked out pretty well.
Kevin Frandsen was a surprising bright spot for the 2012 Phillies. What can we expect from him in 2013?
Is there pathos to be found in the story of Yuniesky Betancourt? Likely not, but that doesn't mean we won't give it a go.
On the surface, lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo's 2012 season represented a significant step back from his outstanding 2011 campaign. A closer look reveals a good bit of bad luck and small sample volatility, and good reason to be hopeful..
A decent fifth starter . . . if he had good defense behind him. Unfortunately, that's not the Phillies this year.
Jonathan Papelbon, for all his minor quirks and foibles, is still one of the elite relievers in the game of baseball today, and should continue to pitch well out of the back end of the Phillies' bullpen.
Odd though it might sound, the Phillies' $6 million setup man could turn out to be a bargain--if he's healthy.