2015 IronPigs Roster Prediction: First Base

Now that Spring Training has begun, I’ll get going with my annual, futile, attempt to guess the IronPigs roster for when they take the field on April 9 at Coca Cola Park.  Below, I’ll not mention the possibility of trades, injuries, and outright releases, because they are always possible and I have no inside information which would allow me to predict such.  I’m just calling it as I see it.  It’s a bit different this season, because I believe the Phillies’ own motivations on how to construct their roster may be a bit different than in recent years.  We’ll see, I guess.  Oh, one more thing:  I’ll likely forget somebody or make an inappropriate assumption somewhere along the line. Please feel free to add information or corrections in the comment section.  Thanks.  Here we go:

 

We’ll go position by position around the diamond in the appropriate order, but I’ll save the pitchers for last.

Russ Canzler.  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Russ Canzler. Photo: Cheryl Pursell

First Base:

The Candidates

Russ Canzler

Maikel Franco

Darin Ruf

Chris McGuiness

Brock Stassi

The Prediction

Chris McGuiness and Russ Canzler

Discussion

In AAA, you’ll certainly see a variety of guys play different positions–and we’ll touch on this more as we get to guys who can be 2B/SS, or 2B/3B, or SS/3B and the like.  The first base guy should have some pop in his bat, though, and these two guys can fit that bill.  Plus, with McGuiness the lefty and Canzler from the right, it does add some flexibility for manager Dave Brundage.  I also expect both these guys to get plenty of at-bats as DH, as well.

Darin Ruf has an option, but his RH bat plus his ability to play Left Field should have him in Philly.  We’ll get to Franco with the Third Base group, and Brock Stassi should be back in Reading unless/until Rhys Hoskins pushes him off First Base.

Darin Ruf and Maikel Franco are on the 40-man roster.

 

@Kram209



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