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2017 Phillies Player Previews

A rotation of moving parts

Let’s see what a year of fermentation has done for Hellboy the kids. Also, Clay Buchholz.

Jeremy Hellickson has been around the trade block

The Phillies are going to let us get attached to Hellboy, and then trade him when we’re at our most vulnerable.

Hey, a bullpen happened!

The Phillies bullpen has been pieced together after six weeks of extremely exciting pre-season relief pitching.

Phillies catchers high in number, low in output

Forgetting to lay out the traps at the end of last season, the Phillies arrived in Clearwater with an infestation of backstops in the clubhouse.

How long can Jeanmar Gomez keep his job?

It appears as though Gomez will be the team’s closer, at least to start the season.

Can we have 2nd Half-Joaquin Benoit, please?

The Phillies’ off-season acquisition of Joaquin Benoit will bring much-needed stability to the back of the bullpen in 2017.

Can Michael Saunders provide much-needed power?

The Phillies’ off-season search for middle-of-the-lineup power ended with Michael Saunders.

The consistently inconsistent Clay Buchholz

You might know him as Mr. Consistently Inconsistent

The mysteries of Freddy Galvis

The longtime Phillie flashed power and defense in 2016, but his future with the team remains in question

Harnessing the power of Vince Velasquez

Velasquez is trying to give the Phillies reasons why he stands out in the crowd.

Where did you go, Maikel Franco?

Can he find himself again in 2017?

Jerad Eickhoff, the human metronome

The Phils’ reliable right-handed starting pitcher is so so dang consistent.

Re-calibrating Cesar Hernandez

Somebody upgraded the second baseman in 2016. He still needed some tinkering.

Who are you, Howie Kendrick?

Oh, that’s right. We haven’t been watching every player in training camp develop for the last few years.

It’s Tommy Joseph’s time now

It’s a new beginning for the Phillies first baseman, and for the Phillies at first base.

Can Odubel Herrera get better?

Herrera was the team’s lone All-Star in 2016.