2013 Phillies Report Card: Casper Wells

Casper Wells came to the plate 76 times in 2013, 26 of those as a member of the Phillies. He arrived via waivers in early August, making Philadelphia his third club of the season. Perhaps the greatest thing about his arrival is that the concurrent move was designating Delmon Young for assignment, a transaction greeted with much joy and reverence (more on Delmon a little later in this series). As for Casper himself, he was about as unremarkable as many of the other 17 outfielders the Phillies employed at some point during the year.

In red pinstripes he had one hit, a double, and eight strikeouts. His most spectacular performance as a hitter came in the form of an 0-for-7 sombrero in the maddening 18-inning affair against the Diamondbacks on August 24. He also took the mound as an emergency reliever in that game, surrendering five runs on three hits and three walks (one IBB). He was DLed with vision problems two days later and would make only one additional appearance after returning. He elected free agency as won’t be back.

The outfield was a mess in 2013, and Wells did little to help that image. To his credit, he did have some nice defensive plays, but those are the only things saving him from an F.


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