7 Phillies Who Could Be All-Stars in 2013
The Phillies have a team full of former All-Stars. Of the players who are projected to be on the 2013 25-man roster, eight of them have appeared in at least one All-Star Game.
If none of the Phillies start the season on the disabled list, the team will field five former All-Stars and it would be six if Carlos Ruiz hadn't been suspended.
In 2012, Carlos Ruiz, Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon represented the Phillies in the All-Star Game. Hopefully, in 2013, the Phillies will have even more players make this season's All-Star Game, which will be held at the New York Mets' Citi Field.
Here are the 7 Phillies who have the potential to be All-Stars in 2013.
The last few seasons have been rough for Chase Utley. He hasn't played a full season since 2009, but if all goes well, he will be ready for the beginning of the season and put himself in the running for his sixth All-Star appearance.
When healthy, Utley still has the potential to be one of the best second basemen in all of baseball.
He also will become a free agent at the end of the season and if he hopes to make even a fraction of his previous contract, he must prove he can still play on a regular basis.
The Phillies are looking for Chase to bounce back big and if he does, we may just see him in New York for the 2013 All-Star game.
Roy Halladay has been to eight All-Star Games over his career and as he enters the final year in his most recent contract he will look to bounce back from a shaky 2012 season and make his ninth.
Halladay struggled for most of 2012 with an injury, his fastball was down since spring training and everyone had an inkling something was wrong.
He finished the season with a 4.49 ERA, the highest of his career since 2000. If the Phillies have any hope of making a playoff run in 2013, they will need Halladay to have a much better season.
With Halladay's unbelievable work ethic, he should come back strong. If he can get back to his 2011 form, Halladay will be a shoe-in for this season's All-Star Game and for the Phillies' sake, let's hope he does.
One surprise pick to be an All-Star in 2013 is Darin Ruf. If he can somehow translate the power he had in 2012 to the big leagues in 2013, there is no reason why he cannot make his first All-Star appearance.
Ruf has power and a lot of it.
We all know how much fans love home runs and in baseball the fans do the majority of the voting on who plays in the game or not. This will work heavily in Ruf's favor, especially playing in Philadelphia.
Hopefully, Ruf will get his shoot to earn an everyday position in spring training and carry the success he has into a quality rookie season in the major leagues.
Maybe he will even bring Philadelphia a nice Rookie of the Year trophy.
Jonathan Papelbon made the NL All-Star team is his first season with the Phillies last season.
Papelbon is still one of the best closers in all of baseball and with one season under his belt in the National League, he should continue to improve.
Papelbon finished third in the National League in saves last season with 38 and if the Phillies lineup were able to muster a little more offense, he probably would have had even more.
Hopefully, the Phillies successful second half of the season will carry over into 2013 and Papelbon can accumulate even more saves and he head to his sixth All-Star Game.
Cole Hamels is going to be a Phillie for a long, long time and fans all hope we will continue to see him at All-Star Games year after year.
Hamels made his third All-Star appearance last season after coming off of one of the best seasons of his career. He posted a 3.05 ERA, pitched 215.1 innings and had a career-high in wins (17) and strike-outs (216).
With the consistency he has shown over the past few seasons, Hamels is probably the best choice to represent the Phillies at this year's All-Star Game.
He may even find himself in the running for a Cy Young award in 2013.
Look for Hamels to get the ball on Opening Day this season when the Phillies take on the Atlanta Braves.
Don't let last year's win-loss record fool you. Cliff Lee still pitched a very quality season for the Phillies in 2012.
Lee ranked in the top 10 in the National League in ERA (3.16), innings pitched (211), strikeouts (207) and WHIP (1.11). He also walked just 28 batters all season.
Lee is still an ace and has the potential to win a Cy Young every season, 2013 will be no different. Look for Lee to be just as good if not better.
The wins will come, but the Phillies have to put runs on the board to make that happen.
Over his career, Lee has made three All-Star appearances and it is surprising he hasn't made more.
Jimmy Rollins was the most consistent player for the Phillies in 2012, mainly because he was one of the only players on the team to stay healthy.
He hit .250, drove in 68 runs and hit 23 home runs. He also stole 30 bases while being caught just five times.
If Rollins can get his batting average up in the .275-280 range, there is no reason why he can't be an All-Star in 2013, especially with perennial All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes being shipped to the American League.
Rollins has the potential to do it all, he's a former MVP, SIlver Slugger, Gold Glove winner and All-Star.
You can never count a guy like Rollins out and he has a great chance to represent the Phillies at Citi Field during the 2013 All-Star Game.