The Philadelphia Phillies’ 5 Most Criticized Players of Spring Training

The Philadelphia Phillies' 5 Most Criticized Players of Spring Training

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The Spring Training for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2014 has been quite similar to the past two Spring Training sessions -- older players hoping to stay healthy while battling injuries and underachieving. This may sound a bit morose, but this year's excursion to Clearwater has been exceedingly downbeat with injury news and players not playing up to their potential. The following is a list of the 5 most criticized players in Spring Training.

5. Cody Asche

Cody Asche Running

5 - Cody Asche

Cody Asche Running

Cody Asche, for all intents and purposes, has the third-base job sewn up. However, by only hitting .148 in Spring Training games while racking up 11 strikeouts, he's not inspiring much confidence. Whispers for Maikel Franco are getting louder...

4 - Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels Dugout

4 - Cole Hamels

Cole Hamels Dugout

While he may not be playing, his absence is becoming and more of an eyesore. The Phillies need him in their rotation ASAP, and his injury has the team relying more and more on the Jeff Manships of the world to fill the void.

3 - Kyle Kendrick

Kyle Kendrick Team Picture

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Kyle Kendrick Team Picture

Kendrick is being heavily counted on to be not only an innings-eater, but a reliable fourth starter. Kendrick hasn't had this type of responsibility since his rookie year, and so far he has been squandering it in Clearwater. He has accumulated an ERA over seven in only five innings of work. He'll need to do more before he can truly be relied on.

2 - Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez Team Picture

2 - Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez Team Picture

He has been one of the most criticized players on the team since the day he signed, and he hasn't even pitched a single major league inning yet! His peripherals have been disgustingly bad and in only four short weeks he already seems like a bust. Hopefully he can turn it around to make his signing at least somewhat worth it down the line.

1 - Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard Team Picture

1 - Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard Team Picture

Is anybody really surprised he ended up as No. 1? He's supposed to be leaner, quicker and fully healed from his Achilles injury from 2011, but he continues to disappoint in Spring Training. He finally hit his first home run yesterday, but his batting average still hovers just slightly above the Mendoza line. Not Good.

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