Why Are Not The Young Phillies Guys In Its Opening Day Major League Lineup?

The new age Cubs win the 2016 World Series with six guys in its starting lineup 23-years-of-age or younger.

The Phillies are projected to have no one under 24-years-old in its 2017 opening day major league lineup.

The old school Phillies, who finished last season 20 games under .500, are running out there this season the likes of newely acquired  Howie Kendrick, baseball age 33 in left,  Michael Saunders, baseball age 30 in right. Out of the pen will come Joaquin Benoit,  baseball age 39 and Pat Neshek, baseball age 36.

This is why yesterday’s game was so much fun to watch.  The Phillies young players for the most part started against the University of Tampa in the first game of spring training.

Only 28- year-old third baseman Hector Garcia and 25-year-old starting  pitcher Mark Leiter Jr were over 23 years of age in the starting lineup.

All the rest of the Phillies in the starting lineup were 22 or 23-years-old and could have qualified age wise to start in a Cubs-type World Series lineup.

Dylan Cozens

Dylan Cozens

Right-fielder, 22-year-old Dylan Cozens, led all of minor league baseball with 40 homers in the 140 game 2016 regular season but has no chance of winning an opening day job in the Phillies lineup.    He will start at AAA.

All Cozens did was square-up a two-run, 420 ft home run, hit a sacrifice fly rbi and drive-in another run on an infield ground ball.  Four of the six runs the Phillies scored in the 6-0 win were Cozens’ RBIs.

You can see the video HERE.





About Baseball Ross

I have been a faithful Phillies follower all my life. Today I am most intrigued by those players in the minor league system who work every day of the year to make it to the Show. This is what this blog is mostly all about. To read more, click here: https://baseballross.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/how-i-got-started-in-baseball/
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