After a few months of pure nothingness, excitement is starting to grow around the Philadelphia Phillies – which is a good thing! The team signed standout reliever Archie Bradley to a one-year deal, and have been repeatedly linked to the likes of J.T. Realmuto, Didi Gregorius, Marcus Semien, and even Andrew Benintendi. With so many rumors and reports coming out about the Phils being active, it’s starting to feel like the team may be better than we all thought in 2021.
The Philadelphia Phillies need these key players to bounce back in 2021.
With that said, the Phillies are going to need some internal help if they want to end their 9+ year postseason drought. We know guys like Bryce Harper and Aaron Nola are going to be good, but the Phils will also require a few players to “bounce back” in 2021, should the team want to finally crack the postseason.
Scott Kingery, INF/OF
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A lot of people are under the impression that Scott Kingery has always been bad – which isn’t true! Kingery posted a .788 OPS in 2019 with a total WAR of 2.8. It was a very promising second season for Kingery, one that most thought he’d continue to build off of heading into 2020.
Obviously, that didn’t happen. Kingery got hit with COVID-19 right before the 2020 season began, and just never really got back to his old self. He finished the year with a .511 OPS, and was barely playable in the field.
After a full offseason to recover and get back into shape, Kingery returning to the player that he was in 2019 would be fantastic. Whether it’s playing at second base or in the outfield, having a near .800 OPS player towards the back of the lineup would be a huge boost to the Philadelphia Phillies offense.