We are always looking for the new Phillies player headlines. Yesterday, we had two names who came to our attention.
Former first round draft pick, Yankee prospect, shortstop Kyle Holder came to the team via the Rule 5 Draft. Longtime minor league, power hitting catcher Rodolfo Duran made his first start in the Dominican Winter League.
Holder is interesting though he has never played higher than AA. He will turn 27 in late May so he is not a babe in the woods. He is a left-handed bat that hit right handed pitching at a .291 clip with 20 doubles, 6 homers and an .803 OPS last season in the Eastern League.
Holder might not be the next Didi Gregorius but he will cost over $13 million less next season. He can play third and second as well and will be a nice utility infielder and a power bat off the hitting bench from the left side.
We suspect that the Phillies starting infield will be Alec Bohm at third, Jean Segura at short, Scott Kingery at second with Rhys Hoskins at first. If Hoskins is not ready, Bohm can easily switch to first opening a spot for Holder on the left side of the infield. The Phillies also have Nick Maton and Ronald Torreyes for back up duty in the infield.
One of our minor league favorites is Duran, who will turn 23 years old in February, finally got a start last night in the DWL. He did not disappoint for Estrellas where he singled in the first run breaking up a scoreless game in the fifth inning. He then walked-in a run in the sixth inning in the 7-1 win.
Duran specializes in catching, no-hit, no-run games. He caught Spencer Howard’s nine-inning, no-hitter for Lakewood in 2018 and his five inning, no-hitter for Clearwater in 2019.
Duran also specializes in hitting home runs. He played in 160 games in the Phillies system in 2018 and 2019 and hit 27 homers combined including three long balls in the 2018 SAL playoffs.
With the likely need for Phillies shortstop and catching depth in the 2021 season, Holder and Duran can provide it!