2017 Phillies Report Card: Pedro Florimon
Baseball is weird.
Pedro Florimon made his debut with the Baltimore Orioles on September 10, 2011. Since then the Dominican infielder has appeared in 256 major league games and recorded 742 plate appearances. In that time he hit .200/.261/.297 with 2.4 WAR. Most of that came in 2013 when he hit .221/.281/.330 with great defense for the Minnesota Twins. He then bounced around the league, mostly in AAA and as a September call up. That is the job the Phillies brought him in this year to perform. Florimon went down to Lehigh Valley and hit .265/.347/.410 for the IronPigs.
On August 17 the Phillies called Florimon up to the majors. Odubel Herrera was about to go on the DL and the Phillies desperately needed someone who could play center field.
Florimon went on the greatest cameo appearance of the 2017 Phillies season.
From August 17 until September 1, Florimon hit .348/.388/.478. He played every position but pitcher, catcher, and first base. He was the Phillies everyday center fielder for a stretch. And he put up the highest bWAR of any major league player to record fewer than 50 PAs this season at 0.7.
Then it ended.
Florimon had dislocated his ankle and his season ended.
Despite the injury, the excitement of Florimon’s hot stretch prompted some to postulate that the Phillies might keep Florimon this offseason and make him the new Andres Blanco (Florimon is still arbitration eligible). The only problem is that Florimon’s hot stretch was just a hot stretch. In his brief blaze of glory in the majors, Florimon posted a 32.7% strikeout rate and a .533 BABIP that drove his great numbers. In reality he was the guy he was in AAA, just with a bit more luck.
It makes little sense for the Phillies to keep Florimon on the roster all winter, but they could invite him to camp next spring to compete for a bench job or a return trip to Lehigh Valley. Even if nothing comes from it, for 15 games Pedro Florimon was a great major league baseball player.