A closer look at the 25 players the Philadelphia Phillies, with manager Charlie Manuel, are expected to start the season with tonight in Atlanta (players listed with age and 2012 statistics):

Starting position players

No. 6 Ryan Howard (33)

14 HRs, 56 RBIs, .219 BA

The first baseman played in just 79 games last season because of injured Achilles' tendon.

No. 26 Chase Utley (34)

11 HRs, 45 RBIs, .256 BA

After two injury-troubled seasons, the second baseman seems healthy and ready for a salary drive in the final year of his contract.

No. 11Jimmy Rollins (34)

23 HRs, 68 RBIs, .250 BA

The shortstop led the Phillies in home runs and RBIs last season.

No. 10 Michael Young (36)

8 HRs, 67 RBIs, .277 BA

The third baseman had 2,230 hits, 177 home runs and 984 RBIs in his 12-year career with the Texas Rangers.

No. 31 Erik Kratz (32)

9 HRs, 26 RBIs, .248 BA

Kratz will start at catcher while Carlos Ruiz serves a 25-game suspension for using performing-enhancing drugs.

No. 9 Domonic Brown (25)

5 HRs, 26 RBIs, .235 ba

The right fielder showed signs of fulfilling his potential with seven home runs and 17 RBIs during spring training.

No. 19 Laynce Nix (32)

3 HRs, 16 RBIs, .246 BA

Nix, an outfielder, hit 16 home runs for the Washington Nationals in 2011.

No. 2 Ben Revere (24)

O HRs, 32 RBIs, .294 BA

The speedy center fielder stole 40 bases last season and was caught just nine times.


No. 28 Kevin Frandsen (30)

2 HRs, 14 RBIs, .338 BA

The utility man played 55 games at third base last season.

No. 13 Freddy Galvis (33)

3 HRs, 24 RBIs, .226 BA

Galvis played in just 58 games last season because of a back injury and a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.

No. 12 Humberto Quintero (33)

1 HR, 19 RBIs, .232 BA

Quintero's defensive skills won him the back-up catcher job in spring training.

No. 15 John Mayberry Jr. (29)

14 HRs, 46 RBIs, .245 BA

He will start the season in a left-field platoon with Laynce Nix.

No. 43 Edgar Inciarte (22)

Played in minors

The 22-year-old Inciarte probably will be overmatched at the plate but could be a late-game defensive replacement in the outfield.

Starting pitchers

No. 34 Roy Halladay (35)

11-8, 4.49 ERA

Is the 35-year-old losing it? Or was 2012 just an off year and his performance this spring an anomaly?

No. 35 Cole Hamels (29)

17-6, 3.05 ERA

Their opening-day starter. He signed an extentsion last July that could keep him with the Phillies through 2019.

No. 38 Kyle Kendrick (28)

11-12, 3.90

Kendrick was 9-4 with a 2.87 ERA after the All Star break

No. 27 John Lannan (28)

4-1, 4.13 ERA

Best known for breaking Utley's hand with a pitch in Lannan's first MLB start for the Nationals.

No. 33 Cliff Lee (34)

6-9, 3.16 ERA

Lee, a former Cy Young winner, struggled with poor run support throughout last season.

Relief pitchers

No. 37 Mike Adams (34)

5-3, 3.27 ERA

If Adams can shut down teams in the eighth inning, the entire bullpen will benefit.

No. 48 Phillippe Aumont (24)

0-1, 3.68 ERA

The Phillies got Aumont from the Seattle Mariners in the 2009 Cliff Lee deal.

No. 59 Antonio Bastardo (27)

2-5, 4.33 ERA

The lefty won't have to face as many right-handed hitters because of Adams' presence.

No. 45 Chad Durbin (35)

4-1, 3.10 ERA

Back with the Phillies after spending 2011 in Cleveland and last season with Atlanta.

No. 47 Jeremy Horst (27)

2-0, 1.15 ERA

Opponents hit just .193 against this left-hander last season.

No. 58 Jonathan Papelbon (32)

5-6, 2.44 ERA

Saved 38 games last season.

No. 46 Raul Valdes (35)

3-2, 2.90 ERA

Valdes and Durbin give them some length out of the bullpen.

Contact Michael McGarry:


Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.