If there’s one thing the Phillies aren’t short on in the organization, it’s middle infielders. From Chase Utley to Jimmy Rollins to Cesar Hernandez to Freddy Galvis to (if you grin and bear it) Kevin Frandsen, that’s a handful of players under control in 2014 that can, feasibly, play up the middle.
The only problem, of course, is that only one of those guys is a viable Major League player right now.
- Frandsen has come up with a big hit from time-to-time, but is 4-for-36 in August and leaves something to be desired on defense.
- Galvis has a .626 Major League OPS in 364 PA; a .617 career Minor League OPS
- Hernandez has missed the vast majority of the past month with a wrist injury and will get more looks in center field when he returns
And fine, so three bench guys are playing like bench guys. Their problems and presence on a roster mean relatively little when compared to the struggles of the man expected to be the starting shortstop through next season.