3 Most Underrated Phillies Players Heading into the 2020 MLB Season

Jason Schandl
Most underrated Philadelphia Phillies players, including Scott Kingery.
Most underrated Philadelphia Phillies players, including Scott Kingery. / Will Newton/Getty Images
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Given the high expectations that built up last offseason, Philadelphia Phillies fans had to be disappointed with the team's 81-81 finish, which put them in fourth place in the NL East.

They'll be looking to get back into playoff contention in 2020, and this team may still be better than they looked last year. These three players in particular are being underrated heading into the 2020 MLB season.

1. Scott Kingery

Scott Kingery at the plate against the Red Sox.
Scott Kingery at the plate against the Red Sox. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Scott Kingery's 2019 numbers were nothing to write home about, slashing .258/.315/.474 with a solid but unspectacular combination of 19 home runs and 15 stolen bases. Don't sleep on him, though, because the strides he made from his 2018 rookie season were huge. He improved his weighted on-base average (wOBA) from .263 to .329, and the way he hit the ball was completely different. In 2018 his soft-hit rate (23.0 percent) was almost as high as his hard-hit rate (26.6 percent). In 2019 those numbers shifted to 14.0 percent and 45.9 percent, respectively. Look for the 25-year-old to keep making strides and improving his production.

2. Nick Williams

Nick Williams during a 2019 game against the Twins.
Nick Williams during a 2019 game against the Twins. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

There's no sugar-coating it — Nick Williams had a horrendous 2019 season. A .151 batting average and 38.4 percent strikeout rate across 112 plate appearances is about as bad as it gets. Don't let that trick you into thinking he doesn't belong at the MLB level, though. Williams suffered from a brutal .230 batting average on balls in play (BABIP), which was way below his .327 career average, suggesting part of his struggles were simply bad luck. His .193 wOBA looked nothing like the .344 and .324 he posted in his first two major league seasons, even though his 31.7 percent hard-hit rate was right in line with his 31.6 percent career average. He could be poised for a bounce-back season in 2020.

3. Blake Parker

Blake Parker throwing a pitch against the Marlins.
Blake Parker throwing a pitch against the Marlins. / Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Phillies fans have to be disappointed by the fact that Blake Parker managed just a 5.04 ERA in 25 innings after being traded to the team last year. He pitched a whole lot better than that number might suggest, though. He had a 3.15 skill-interactive ERA (SIERA), which was the best for any Phillies pitcher that threw at least 20 innings. He also led that group in strikeout-to-walk ratio (K/BB) at a stellar 5.17. Parker can still be a deadly reliever, and he shouldn't have much trouble earning his way back into the fold this year.


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