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Mike Fontenot has filled in admirably at second and third for the depleted 2012 Phillies. Photo (AP)
Welcome to the first of five of our All-Star Break assessments. Today we tackle: The Bench.
Mike Fontenot – The seven year Major League veteran was a free agent after being cut from the Giants at the conclusion of the Cactus League but has been a valuable bench piece, splitting time at 2nd and 3rd and posting a .325/.364/.386 triple-slash in 24 games since being called up on May 13. His .388 BABIP and career triple-slash .267/.334/.405 suggests this pace is an abnormality and I won’t disagree. However, I will say that this value off the bench is being wasted in a down year for the Phils; I can’t help but imagine what even his normal production could have done to help the team last year, being able to spell Placido Polanco in the playoffs. Grade: A
Pete Orr – The player Fontenot essentially replaced was having a fine bench year in his own right (.286/.302/.429) but g...
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Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies. Photo Courtesy of Renee Cendrowski.
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