|Cesar Hernandez could finally get a real shot.
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Currently speaking, this is what the 25 man roster would look like:
- A rotation of Hamels, Lee, Buchanan, and Williams from one to four would probably come to camp somewhat safe. Adam Morgan and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez would be favored in the fight for the fifth starter spot under this scenario, as Pettibone may not be 100% at the start of camp, Biddle really struggled in AA last year, and no one else is on the 40 man roster right now. I'd assume they sign someone yet this Winter, but that may not change the fifth starter situation if they end up trading Hamels anyway.
- The infield at the moment would consist of Ruiz catching, Howard at first, Utley at second, Galvis at short, Franco or Asche at third, the other being on the bench, and Cesar Hernandez being a utility option. Presumably Cameron Rupp is the current back-up catcher, though I'd think the Phillies are looking for someone else on the market. Odubel Herrera, the Rule 5 pick, is listed on the roster as an infielder, but I presume right now that his pathway onto the squad is in the outfield more likely, unless another move is coming.
- The outfield at the moment is similar to the one that played last year. Byrd, Revere, and Brown, from right to left, are all on the roster right now, with Darin Ruf and Grady Sizemore on the bench. I don't think they'll break camp with Kelly Dugan or Aaron Altherr on the big league club, as both could use some more plate appearances in AA or AAA. Herrera could certainly win a spot here, provided the Phillies move either Byrd or Revere (or Howard, and Ruf plays first), or he simply beats out Brown.
- The current bullpen is very good at the back end, with Papelbon, Giles, Diekman, and De Fratus all being near locks. That would leave the Phillies with three more spots to fill, with at least one going left-handed. You would have to think Mario Hollands is favored to win a spot, as he threw well until he ran out of gas as a rookie last year. The other potential lefties are Elvis Araujo, Cesar Jimenez, and Rule 5 pick Andy Oliver. The righties in consideration right now would be Luis Garcia, Ethan Martin, Hector Neris, Nefi Ogando, and possibly Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. I'd bet on Hollands, Martin, and Oliver right now. This could change considerably though too.
- J.P. Crawford
- Maikel Franco
- Aaron Nola
- Roman Quinn
- Aaron Altherr
- Carlos Tocci
- Matt Imhof
- Jesse Biddle
- Aaron Brown
- Zach Eflin