Player: Greg Dobbs
Position: 1B, 3B, OF
Consistency: After batting .301 last year and having one of the best pinch hitting years ever, Dobbs’ 2009 season took a complete 180. After having a terrible start, he heated up in June and July, batting .318, but slowly went back to his early-season form, finishing with a .247 average and .296 OBP, low numbers for a top pinch hitter. He made the post season roster and went 0-4 in the NLDS/NLCS and didn’t see the field in the World Series
Regular Season Stats: 97 G, 154 AB, 15 R, 38 H, 6 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 1 SB, 11 BB, 29 K, .247 AVG, .296 OBP, .383 SLG
Post Season Stats: 5 G, 4 AB, 1 K
Fielding: He played 227.2 combined innings at first base, third base, and the outfield and only recorded one error at first. He started 28 games total out of his 37 games in the field.
Health: He was never hurt.
Intangibles: One of his biggest problems was striking out looking. He went through a spell towards the end of the season where he watched strike three go by him. If the Phillies were to fine players $10,000 for such shenanigans, he would be broke. He’s a fine hitter though and I don’t expect him to struggle next season at all. In fact, he may get more starts at third seeing that Placido Polanco can play second base and would give Chase Utley a rest, allowing Dobbs to take the hot corner.
Overall Grade: C-. He was unreliable and one of the key reasons why the Phillies bench was so terrible this past season like Dave Murphy said. I don’t expect him to play this bad next year.