The Phillies got younger in 2015, but finished as the MLB's worst team. Where is the most improvement needed?
The Phillies offseason is in full swing, though it's not even Halloween, the hunt is on for a suitable GM and at least a free agent or two to compliment this young Phillies team that now all of a sudden appears to be too young.
Do the Phillies want to fit a reliable veteran into the mix and possibly take one of their prospects out of the lineup?
The Phillies need a pitcher that can step into the rotation and augment a young staff that includes Aaron Nola and Jared Eickoff. The team also needs a few reliable hands in the bullpen, an area that needed improvement all year.
Looking at the field, the possible improvement to the team can be right field, or second base. Granted, Cesar Hernandez did a good job at second, but his offense lacked for this team, only producing 1 HR and 35 RBI in 127 games. That isn't good enough to be successful in the long run.
Freddy Galvis showed a little more pop at shortstop with the bat in the last year with 7 HR and 50 RBI, that is a number that Hernandez should have strived for.
Odubel Herrera is a guy that got constant buzz from his hustle last year but looking at his season's ending numbers, he isn't a big production type of guy, with 8 HR and 41 RBI, looking at Herrera, Galvis, and Hernandez and you have a total of 126 RBI from three players. Ryan Howard had 77 RBI by himself in 129 games played last year.
This Phillies team needs to score more runs. That is obvious from the dismal finish in 2015, here is a chart that shows how the Phils did scoring runs in 2015, and the batter's average age, which is now one of the youngest in the league.