Major League baseball will return from the COVID-19 pandemic on July 23rd with some new rules.
The National League will feature a designated hitter in intra-league games. The American League has utilized the DH since 1973. NL teams have used a designated hitter when playing in American League parks since interleague play began.
The change is just for this season and is meant to protect pitchers, who do not have the benefit of a full spring training.
Who will be the Phillies DH?
The following are the candidates:
The left-handed Bruce is the most logical choice for the Phillies especially against right-handed pitchers. If not for the DH, Bruce would come off the Phillies bench. He batted .221 with 12 home runs and 35 RBIs in 51 games for Philadelphia last season. Bruce also has experience. He’s 12 for 59 with four home runs and seven RBIs in 16 previous games as a DH.
The Phillies top prospect might just be the team’s most intriguing DH candidate. The right-handed Bohm could form a potential potent DH platoon with the left-handed Bruce. Bohm, 23, hit 21 home runs and batted .305 with three minor league teams last season. He played third base but is also projected as a first baseman. There were questions about his defense, however. The DH answers those. The other question about Bohn is experience. He has never played triple-A baseball.
The Phillies outfielder is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament that limited him to 59 games. At the time of the injury, he had 10 home runs, 29 RBIs and was leading the NL in walks with 43. McCutchen, 33, was not expected to be ready for the start of the season in April but should be healthy now. The Phillies can DH him to give him a day off in the outfield.
Realmuto maybe the best defensive catcher in baseball. But he’s also a standout offensive player with 25 home runs and 83 RBIs last season. The DH is the perfect way to give Realmuto a day off behind the plate but keep his bat in the lineup.
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