The Philadelphia Phillies are already the consensus pick to win the National League in 2012, as they return the best pitching staff in baseball and an improved bullpen. It doesn't hurt that sluggers Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols are playing in the mighty American League, either.
While Ruben Amaro Jr. made a huge splash in free agency at the Winter Meetings with the free-agent signing of Jonathan Papelbon, it seems clear at this point what the GM set out to do to improve this club.
Improve the bench with versatile players that can play a myriad of positions and have some pop in their bat. Charlie Manuel now has much more flexibility in the later innings with the acquisitions of Ty Wigginton, Laynce Nix and Jim Thome.
A prospect that can play more than one position has a better chance of playing in the big leagues. They can fill different needs that a team may have over a grueling 162-game season.
Here are the Philadelphia Phillies' most versatile prospects.