With only 9 days left until Pitchers and Catchers report I have decided to do a 9 part series in which each day I will take a look at one of the 9 starting positions and evaluate it. Think of this as a way to make these last 9 days go by faster. I will also list the positions in the order in which I think the 2009 Lineup should be set.
Jimmy Rollins will once again be handling the duties at SS. Last year was an up and down season for Jimmy. Although he was only out for a month when he hurt his ankle against the Mets, an injury like that tends to linger for a few more months. Luckily Eric Bruntlett filled in and did a great job while Jimmy was gone. This year I expect Jimmy to start off hot. Especially if he wants to live up to his prediction of 112 wins. This might be the most dependable position the Phillies have this year. Jimmy will be starting, Bruntlett is currently the backup and Jason Donald is just stepping in the door. That gives the Phils a lot of depth and talent at the SS position.
Overall Grade: A