Has the Phillies Outfield Depth Improved?

It’s no secret that the 2013 Phillies outfield situation was less than ideal, to put it kindly. The total production the Phillies received from the outfield positions on the season was tied with the Astros and Twins for worst in the majors according to fWAR. Hindered by injuries to Brown and Revere and the complete lack of a legitimate third starting option, subpar bench pieces received a crippling amount of playing time. Laynce Nix, Roger Bernadina, Michael Martinez and Casper Wells combined for 285 plate appearances and an astoundingly horrendous slash line: .169/.218/.255 .472 OPS. As a point of comparison, Cole Hamels has put up a .506 OPS over the past two seasons. Suffice it to say that the lack of outfield depth was a costly weakness for the Phillies and, to Ruben Amaro’s credit, attempts have been made this winter to avoid such a catastrophic showing in 2014. Exit Nix, Bernadina, Martinez, Wells, and Delmon Young. Enter Marlon Byrd, Bobby Abreu, Tony Gwynn, Jr. and Clete Thomas. But will the changes made this offseason be enough to reverse the outfield woes?

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