Of the sixteen batters who stepped to the plate 100 times or more for the 2015 Phillies, the owner of the highest on base percentage (.360) and highest slugging percentage (.502) this season was none other than AAAA middle infielder extraordinaire, Andres Blanco.
…Look, I don’t know either. Entering the 2015 season, Blanco had an utterly pitiful career slashline of .257/.301/.342 with just four homers in 707 plate appearances. This year, the 31-year-old posted a 136 wRC+ while batting .292/.360/.502 with seven homers in 261 PA. Since World War II, only three major leaguers with four or fewer career home runs through their age 30 season (min. 500 plate appearances) have gone on to hit seven or more home runs in a single season: Eddie Stanky, Rob Ducey, and Andres Blanco. This wasn’t supposed to happen.