Jesse Biddle, the local kid from GermanTown Friends school, and Maikel Franco, the hot shot young prospect the Phils snagged from the Dominican Republic, a hot bed for major league talent, could very well be the two key pieces for the Philadelphia Phillies‘ future core.
The old core composed of Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, and Cole Hamels are getting long in the tooth for the most part aside from Hamels with their 2008 run to a World Series crown seemingly a fading memory. They all still battle out there, but age is undefeated as father time is ticking. Utley deserves his shot to retire a Phillie as he is a prototypical grinding heart and hustle type of athlete that Philly fans adore.
It may be time, however, to move on from the likes of Rollins and Howard after this season. Howard is under performing, especially given the mammoth contract he signed two seasons ago, and Rollins has really lost his luster at the plate.
The future may be now for a few bright, young prospects. Franco is tearing the cover off the ball in Double A Reading and is toying with minor league pitching with his advanced approach at the plate. Biddle has been impressive in Double A at only 21 years of age posting a solid ERA but a losing record thanks to lousy run support from his ball club.
These two men seem to be the blue chippers from which the Phils can build the future around. Other bright young prospects include Cody Asche, Cesar Hernandez, Tommy Joseph, Freddy Galvis, and Ethan Martin the young fire baller.
While nostalgic Phillies fans will always love seeing Utley man second and Rollins snag a sharp grounder at short, these kids deserve an opportunity with the big club at some point and an injection of youth is never a bad thing for an aging ball club.
The Phils seem like they are going on one of their patented second half runs again as they are now .500 at the All-Star Break. Enjoy it folks. It may be the last dance for this group of players.