The Future is Unwritten: Kelly Dugan

Kelly Dugan, who was added to the 40-man roster by the Phillies a few weeks ago so as to protect him from next Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft, had himself a fine 2013 season as he hit .291/.352/.506 between Hi-A and Double-A. The 2009 second round pick (he was signed away from a commitment to Pepperdine whose baseball facility looks like this) will likely start 2014 back in Double-A but there’s a chance he might play in the Majors at some point next year if things go right for Dugan and if things go horribly wrong for the big club. His package of tools and his career path are both rather interesting. Continue reading…

The Phillies Will Have to Consider Trading Jimmy Rollins

It seems like it was just yesterday that shortstop Jimmy Rollins inked a three-year, $33 million contract to continue his career in Philadelphia. But here we are nearly two years later about to enter what could be Rollins’ final year with the Phillies. He is owed $11 million in 2014 and he does have an option for 2015 that could become guaranteed if he logs 434 plate appearances in 2014 and stays off the disabled list at the end of the season.

Rollins is coming off of what was arguably the worst season of his career and certainly his worst within the past ten seasons. His wOBA dropped to .295, which was the ninth-worst in baseball among 140 qualified hitters, per FanGraphs. He had finished at .309 or better in every season dating back to 2003. His isolated power dropped below .100 after ranging from .124 to .235 throughout his career. His strikeout rate was his highest since 2004. His BABIP was at a five-year high at .288 but he still could only muster a .252 batting average.

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