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February 17, 2017 6:00 am

Player Profile: Odubel Herrera

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Matt Collins

Casting the fantasy spotlight on the Phillies center fielder.

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January 3, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Center Fielder Extension Mold

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Bryan Grosnick

Philadelphia and Atlanta handed out nearly identical contract extensions to center fielder Odubel Herrera and Ender Inciarte.

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September 10, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: An Ode to Odubel

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J.J. Jansons

The Phillies' Rule 5 rookie has quietly had an excellent freshman season.

Buried beneath the plethora of top-100 prospects who have made an impact at the major-league level this season—at last look the count was at roughly 87—is a remarkable season by a 23-year-old rookie, playing on a team that’s fighting for the first-overall pick in next year’s June draft, which has gone largely unnoticed. As a Rule 5 pick plucked from the Rangers over the winter, there was some thought in the spring that Odubel Herrera—who had no obvious defensive home—would have to be returned to Texas, with Chase Utley penciled in as the starter at second base and Ben Revere likely to be the starter in center field. After spending his time almost exclusively in the middle of the infield (playing in 411 games at second base, 135 at shortstop, and 11 in left field) while in the Rangers system, reaching Double-A last season, Herrera played 41 games in center field while playing winter ball in Venezuela and put up a .372/.432/.556 line to take home the league’s MVP honors.

The Phillies saw enough from Herrera in the spring and former manager Ryne Sandberg wisely chose to install him as the regular center fielder, moving Ben Revere to left. After coming out of the gate strong in April, when Herrera compiled a .301/.341/.422 line, he struggled over the next two months, posting an OPS of .522 in May and .662 in June. His overall first-half line of .268/.297/.398 (good for a wRC+ of 88) in 278 plate appearances quite obviously didn’t knock anybody’s socks off, but Herrera did add nine stolen bases and kept himself in the lineup by making the plays required in center field.

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