Philadelphia Phillies: Five Players to Watch During 2020 Season

After finishing .500 last season, it’s clear the Philadelphia Phillies have to take it up a notch in order to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

Ignoring the fact Matt Klentak and Phils’ front office didn’t make many moves to bolster their pitching staff, Philly needs to find a way to improve, no excuses.

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Between the bullpen trying to be fully healthy and the rotation trying to pinpoint a No. 5 starter, the lineup should be the strongest section of the 2020 Phillies, which doesn’t spell doom, but it doesn’t make them a lock for a wild card spot.

Who are the five Phillies players we should keep our eyes on? Let’s take a look.

Bryce Harper

Man what more do I need to say about Mr. Harper. He was electric last year and that walk-off grand slam vs. the Chicago Cubs was a thing of beauty.

Bryce Harper brought plenty of energy to the clubhouse and deserves to be on a winner, especially when his former team just won the World Series this past fall.

Harper posted a career-high in homers last year, so it wouldn’t be a stunner if he reached new heights this season and one would think he is eyeing a spot on this year’s all-star team after not making it in 2019.

J.T. Realmuto

The former-Marlin was the best player for the Philadelphia Phillies last year and when you watch how he works and his leadership, it makes sense why he should get a long extension.

Realmuto had career-highs in homers (25), doubles (36) and RBIs (83) in his first season in Philly and was an All-Star selection.

I also enjoyed some of J.T.’s opposite-field power. It’s a no-brainer, watch Mr. Realmuto.

Jake Arrieta

Well, there are two things that could happen.

Either Arrieta falters at trying to be a strong arm or he has another down year.

The Philadelphia Phillies need a boost from starters 3-5 with Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler anchoring the front end of the rotation.

When Arrieta is locked in, he’s hard to beat, but last year — while battling an injury — he was rough to watch. If he can be a positive force in that Phils’ rotation, then maybe it lifts the team to the playoffs.

Rhys Hoskins

The Philadelphia Phillies’ first baseman is known for bashing the baseball over the fences, but he was off in 2019.

This spring he seems ready for the new season and has made some adjustments to his batting stance.

He also has a new wave of confidence, which can lift the slugger as the Phils make a playoff push.

Hoskins who hit .226 last season, needs to be on his ‘A’ game this year. He has the ability to be a game-changer for the Phils and carry them for stretches. His power is that impactful.

Aaron Nola

This was a toss-up between Aaron Nola and Andrew McCutchen. Nola won the fifth spot of this piece, simply because he has the capability of getting back into the NL Cy Young race this season.

Even though he had a rough start to 2019, he rebounded well in the second half of the campaign. The LSU product posted a 3.87 ERA and 229 strikeouts in 202.1 innings pitched.

Just the way Nola controls the baseball is a thing to marvel at. Of course, we can’t forget his ability to mix pitches and occasionally throws a 95-mph heater.

Plus, the 26-year old right-hander is always composed no matter what. He isn’t a thrower. He is a true pitcher.

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