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Philadelphia Phillies: 2022 Projected Lineup And Rotation

The Philadelphia Phillies begin 2022 with enormous expectations after major signings of Schwarber and Castellanos. Here is their 2022 lineup:

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The Philadelphia Phillies spent and they spent big this offseason. In addition to signing outfielder and designated hitter Kyle Schwarber to a four-year, $79 million contract, outfielder Nick Castellanos was brought in on a five-year, $100 million contract solidifying a Phillies offense in need of power.

Schwarber and Castellanos will bring much needed protection for Bryce Harper and JT Realmuto by providing around 25-30 homeruns each year for each player.

At firstbase, the Phillies have Rhys Hoskins coming off a 35 homerun season with a .241/.357/.871 slash line. Further, competition at third base between Alec Bohm and prospect Bryson Stott continues to heat up with flashes of brilliance from Stott throughout spring training.

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The Phillies rotation will look much like it did last year with Aaron Nola, Zach Wheeler, and Kyle Gibson. Ranger Suarez will be starting full-time this year. Zach Eflin will remain in the rotation and most likely be ready despite a September knee surgery. In 2021, Zack Wheeler won the National League Cy Young while Aaron Nola had a bit of a down year.

Philadelphia Phillies Project Lineup

  1. DH – Kyle Schwarber // 2021 Stats: .243/.353/.510
  2. C – J.T. Realmuto // 2021 Stats: .261/.333/.450
  3. OF – Nick Castellanos // 2021 Stats: .279/.335/.519
  4. OF – Bryce Harper // 2021 Stats: .277/.400/.555
  5. 1B – Rhys Hoskins // 2021 Stats: .241/.357/.514
  6. 2B – Jean Segura // 2021 Stats: .281.337.423
  7. SS – Didi Gregorius // 2021 Stats: .242/.296/.408
  8. OF – Matt Vierling // 2021 Stats: .252/.311/.410
  9. 3B – Bryson Stott // 2021 Stats: (Minor League) .299/.390/.486

We are going out on a limb and naming Bryson Stott to the Opening Day roster over Alec Bohm. With Bohm’s struggles last year and Bryson Stott’s emergence, Stott deserves a shot. However, Joe Girardi has never been a fan of playing young prospects which throws a wrench into this situation.

Rotation

  1. Aaron Nola // 2021 Stats: 181 IP, 1.13 WHIP, 209 K, 49 BB
  2. Kyle Gibson // 2021 Stats: 180 IP, 1.37 WHIP, 154 K, 68 BB
  3. Zach Eflin // 2021 Stats: 137 IP, 1.27 WHIP, 121 K, 32 BB
  4. Zack Wheeler // 2021 Stats: 179 IP, 1.13 WHIP, 183 K, 46 BB
  5. Ranger Suarez // 2021 Stats: 146 IP, 1.29 WHIP, 132 K, 49 BB

You may ask why Zack Wheeler is number four and Ranger Suarez is number five. Wheeler was battling a shoulder issue early in spring but all reports say Wheeler should be ready within the first two weeks of the season. Ranger Suarez was late to camp due to visa issues but some believe he will be able to start in his first turn through the rotation.

Ranger Suarez is an interesting pitcher. Suarez spent time in the bullpen and as a starter last year, showing amazing flashes. The organization has decided to stretch him out as a starter. It remains to be seen how this experiment will turn out.

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