There has been a lot of talk about the Philadelphia Phillies outfield situation, but one name that has not gotten too much attention is Laynce Nix. Domonic Brown, Darin Ruf and John Mayberry Jr. have been the main names when referring to the open outfield spots. However, Nix could be a key player for the Phillies even if he is coming off the bench.
In his first season with the Phillies last year, Nix played in 70 games with a .246 batting average, with 3 home runs and 16 RBI. Where Nix will fit in this season remains to be seen. There will still be a few outfield battles that will continue throughout the spring and Nix will most likely not be winning a starting spot, but he could be very helpful for the Phillies as a utility player.
With so many question marks concerning the outfield, a veteran like Nix will be very helpful for a young core of outfielders. Nix has been playing in the majors for 10 seasons and can help the young players in the outfield as they develop in their careers. Along with this, it is possible that whoever ends up winning the starting position in either left field or right field, that their performance may not keep pace throughout the season, and having a reliable veteran able to fill the role when necessary can be a big advantage.
Nix will not put up impressive numbers or win a starting position this season, but his solid numbers off the bench and years of major league experience can help the Phillies and their young group of outfielders this season.