By Ben Sullivan
The Phillies’ regular season starts tomorrow in Atlanta, and the team has three legit shots for rookie of the year!
Shortstop J.P. Crawford, second baseman Scott Kingery (whom the Phillies just signed through his age-31 season before he played his first big league game), and catcher Jorge Alfaro (above).
But they’re still a couple starting pitchers short of contending for the division title.
They’ve got more upside than any other team outside the top nine, but it took 87 wins to make the NL playoffs last year, and even getting there would represent a 21-game improvement on their 2017 record.
It could absolutely happen, but the Phillies still have a lot to prove.