Spring Training is rapidly coming to a close, and teams are configuring their everyday lineups. The Philadelphia Phillies have more or less compiled their starting lineup and rotation.
The bullpen, however, is suspect for some players, and the bench is not leaving anyone confident.

Realistically, the Phillies bench is going to comprise a mixture of Matt Joyce, Andrew Knapp, Brad Miller, Roman Quinn, and Scott Kingery.This is not a bench to write home about, but it is one to write about how bad this could go if the Phillies stick with this.


The problem with this bench is Roman Quinn and Scott Kingery.

Both of these players have overstayed their welcome with their lackluster hitting, baserunning, and fielding statistics over the past three years. 


Roman Quinn

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The Florida native speedster has performed terribly over his entire major league career. Yes, he has been mired with injuries, but no, that is not an excuse anymore. In Quinn’s career, he has decreased in OBP, SLG, and BA every year in the bigs. The one stat that has increased is his strikeouts, which is not good. Regardless of his 100% base-stealing success rate the last two seasons, Quinn does not rack up that many stolen bases and is not as aggressive or smart a baserunner as the Phillies would need him to be.

On top of poor hitting and baserunning, Roman Quinn is not an efficient enough fielder, boasting a  .979 fielding percentage over four seasons with the Phillies. If Quinn is going to make it on this team, he needs to play great defense and run smart and aggressively on the basepath. 


Scott Kingery 

“Scotty Jetpacks” must be out of gas. He has equally gotten worse each season in the majors. Granted, Kingery’s performance suffered from Covid-19 last season, but this Spring Training, he has not provided an ounce of support for him to be playing on a major league roster. Scott Kingery has struck out 14 times in 30 plate opportunities this spring and sports a  .133 BA, which is pitiful for someone vying for the centerfield job.

These numbers should not even allow him on the bench.

His 2019 season consisted of a .258 BA, 19 HR, 55 RBIs, 15 SB, and a .788 OPS. This is not a bad line, but his 2020 Covid-19 season and his spring performance are uncomfortable, to say the least. Is it time to move on from him? 


Possibilities?  

There are a few options when deciding the answer to this question:

  • 1) Send both of them down to Triple-A Lehigh to build their confidence and work on their fundamentals
  • 2) They can trade each one of them individually or package them for a really good outfielder or prospects to replenish the Phillies farm system
  • 3) Stick it out and hope for the best

The option to send both of them down to fix their fundamental skills and work on their hallmark abilities would be smart. The Phillies have in-house options that they can bring up to take their place. Adam Haseley will come back from injury and definitely should come up and work from the bench to ease back into daily outfield play. If Odubel Herrera is doing well, they could package him at the deadline and get some better players, and Haseley could slot into the starting role if the Phillies front office feel that is the move at that point. Herrera starting allows the Phillies to trade him later on and shed some salary. Haseley presents many options for the organization in the future, whether off the bench or starting. This will allow Quinn or Kingery to come up depending on each of their performance at the Triple-A level.  The other player that could pull up some bench is Travis Jankowski. He is not much of a power threat, but he knows how to get a hit and run the bases a hell of a lot better than that of Quinn. He might not be as fast, but he is no slouch. The Lancaster native has the ability to crack the bench and platoon in the outfield if a situation arises. Haseley and Jankowski would be a much more reliable pairing for the Phillies pursuing a championship this year.


Trading Quinn and Kingery as a package deal would be intriguing.

If the Phillies can snag some great prospects or better bench players to reinforce their starting lineup with two team-controlled players, then why not?


Quinn does not seem to be getting better, and Kingery has been regressing since 2019. Prospects such as Heliot Ramos of the Giants, Keibert Ruiz of the Dodgers, or even Seth Beer would be great additions to the Phillies farm. The Phillies would need another player at least to be thrown in there for two major league-ready players, but it would be interesting to see what bites they could get for Quinn and Kingery. Beer would be a great successor to Rhys Hoskins, especially if Hoskins underperforms and the Phillies trade him or let him go in free agency. Beer would slot in perfectly. Ruiz would slot in for J.T. in a couple of years, and J.T. could slide to first base for the rest of his contract. Ramos would be a phenomenal addition to centerfield, and Haseley could slide over to left. The Phillies have options and could pursue these or multiple other prospect opportunities. 


In the End

Getting a nearly-ready MLB prospect would be ideal for two outfielders who might need a change of scenery. It would also be better for the Phillies to get a player or players that do not strike out as much as these two do.It is time for the Phillies to consider this going into the regular season and especially the trade deadline in July, depending on the Phillies’ performance at the All-Star break. In reality, the Phillies will not trade either of them.


Kingery and Quinn are well-liked by Joe Girardi and the Phillies organization, but is being well-liked going to win Philadelphia a World Series?
The Phillies Phaithful will have to see come this October if this was the right move or not.

Featured Image: Steven M. Falk/The Philadelphia Inquirer & Jim Rassol/USA Today Sports
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