Professional sports are one of the few jobs in which a person’s career is nearly over by the time they reach their mid-30’s.
For the Philadelphia Phillies, this means that the progression of the next batch of stars must be well underway.
Although the average age of the team’s 40-man roster is 28.5, nearly every one of the Phils’ current starts will be 33 years or older by the start of next season. These players still have the chance to have several more productive seasons, but are “aging” stars rather than “bright young prospects.”
A number of these aging stars have spent considerable time on the disabled list while battling injuries, making it even more important for the Phils to be grooming potential replacements to take over during the next few seasons.
Some of these potential replacements have already made their major league debuts, while others have yet to play above High-A ball. Regardless of the level they’ve reached so far, each of these players are seemingly in line to be the team’s internal option for one day taking over for a current star.
Here is a potential replacement for every aging Phillies’ star.