Player: Shane Victorino
Consistency: Victorino has quietly been one of the most valuable players on the Phillies the past few seasons and in 2009, he enjoyed his best year yet. He had career highs in average, hits, doubles, triples (led the league), runs, RBI’s and walks and was selected to his first all star game where he started in center field. After batting .317 through July, he began to suffer a decline in production.
When playoffs hit, he was on a complete tear in the NLDS and NLCS but like Ryan Howard and the rest of the key producers, he fell apart completely in the World Series, batting .182.
Regular Season Stats: 156 G, 620 AB, 102 R, 181 H, 39 2B, 13 3B, 10 HR, 62 RBI, 25 SB, 60 BB, 71 K, .292 AVG, .358 OBP, .445 SLG
Post Season Stats: 15 G, 58 AB, 11 R, 17 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 2 SB, 6 BB, 4 K, .293 AVG, .382 OBP, .534 SLG
Fielding: He won his second straight Gold Glove award in centerfield. He has a cannon arm, tracks deep fly balls unbelievable well, and has a sure glove. He only made one error the entire season, posting a .997 fielding percentage.
Health: He hurt his hip in June but that didn’t really slow him down.
Intangibles: He’s another fan favorite seeing as he has a very strong out-going character. He plays the game at such an intense level and that is one quality that won the fans’ hearts. He’s a player the Phillies will need to focus on locking up in the future because his cheap contract is almost up.
Overall Grade: B+. As a number two hitter, those types of numbers are tremendous. He’s a dynamic athlete and proved it with the best season of his career in 2009.