Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. knows that it wouldn’t be wise to head into the 2013 season with the same type of roster uncertainty that existed last season. The team’s top front office boss should follow through on his plans to increase outfield depth before spring training begins.
Obtaining Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins was a positive move for at least three reasons. This particular center fielder mans his position well and has shown the potential to be an effective offensive force in coming seasons. He’s also young, which helps the Phillies’ current transition from their recent playoff years.
Darin Ruf might be the next marquee player in Philadelphia. Depending upon how well he does, “Babe Ruf” might also become a household name across the baseball world. However, the 26-year-old has only hit three major league home runs. If he makes the team out of spring training, a platoon role seems like the best way that Charlie Manuel can audition this converted first baseman for a higher diamond office.
While Domonic Brown wasn’t as hyped as Ryan Howard, he was expected to succeed in “The Show”. So far he hasn’t.
After initially being rushed to the majors, injury issues and a lack of consistency have hampered this earnest young man’s progress. Brown has heart, implemented what Ryne Sandberg and Steve Henderson taught him in Triple-A last season and is only 25-years-old.
It would be interesting to see a Ruf/Brown platoon in left field this season. But that would be contingent on another starting outfielder being obtained in the near future.
Whatever direction Amaro plans to take, he should pursue a route that offers his outfielders an opportunity to play through the first few months of the season. That would be enough time for the team to make assessments and any needed adjustments.