Today was a deadline of sorts with the Phillies and their current roster. They wanted to head into Philadelphia without any questions about the roster. Having already settled the bullpen (more or less), they finally settled on the center field position and made some roster moves. After much consternation and discussion, the team released their moves.
Phillies have made the following roster moves: pic.twitter.com/16ejkAmxe8— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) March 29, 2021
Adam Haseley and Roman Quinn have won the center field job, sending Odubel Herrera to the alternate site to prepare for the minor league season. It was a spirited battle this spring with five contenders for the job if you want to count Scott Kingery and Travis Jankowski. Then Haseley got hurt and everything was thrown into chaos. Kingery never hit, so he petered out pretty fast. Herrera did hit well to start, but tailed off at the end. Once Haseley got back and continued hitting well, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion. Looking at the final tallies for the players, the choice seemed obvious.
Final ST stats for #phillies CF contenders:— schmenkman (@tgpschmenk) March 29, 2021
Herrera... 53 PA, .231/.245/.481 (.726 OPS, 87 wRC+), 216 babip, 1 SB
Quinn...... 42 PA, .270/.341/.405 (.747 OPS, 104 wRC+), .429 babip, 4 SB
Haseley... 21 PA, .316/.381/.526 (.907 OPS, 144 wRC+), .357 babip, 1 SB@TheGoodPhight
With this and yesterday’s decisions on Kingery and Jojo Romero, the final roster is almost set. The offense, at least, looks finished.
C - J.T. Realmuto, Andrew Knapp
INF - Rhys Hoskins, Jean Segura, Didi Gregorius, Alec Bohm, Brad Miller, Ronald Torreyes
OF - Bryce Harper, Roman Quinn, Andrew McCutchen, Matt Joyce, Adam Haseley
The pitching rotation, as stated by manager Joe Girardi is set as well.
SP1 - Aaron Nola
SP2 - Zack Wheeler
SP3 - Zach Eflin
SP4 - Matt Moore
SP5 - Chase Anderson
The bullpen is where we’re still looking at some possibilities. While Girardi hasn’t said anything yet, it’s beginning to look like this:
Hector Neris, Archie Bradley, Jose Alvarado, Conner Brogdon, Vince Velasquez, David Hale, Sam Coonrod, Brandon Kintzler
That gives us a full 26-man roster, one that we can hope gets the outs and scores the runs needed to keep up with the behemoths at the top of the division.