Each day MTRphilly.com will be breaking down the players on the Philadelphia Phillies 40 man roster and their non roster invitees. Today we will discuss first baseman Ryan Howard.
2012 was a mulligan year for slugger Ryan Howard. After missing the first half of the season recovering from an Achilles tendon tear, he posted career lows in batting average (.219), OBP (.295), Slugging percentage (.423), and OPS (.718). His runs created per game was only 3.9 compared to his career mark of 7.2 and his homeruns per at bat dropped from his average 13.51 to 18.57.
Howard will be back in baseball shape for the 2013 season and should return to being one of the best sluggers in the game. At 33 years of age he is still in the prime of his career and the Phillies will expect him to earn every bit of the $125 million contract that he is in the middle of.
Howard has elite power to all fields
Quick, level swing
Has trouble seeing breaking pitches
Below average fielder