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Phillies Profile – Shane Victorino- “Flyin’ Hawaiian”

In Philadelphia Phillies on March 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Over the next 28 days Philly Pressbox (https://phillypressbox.wordpress.com) (@phillypressbox) will be doing a review and analysis of each Phillies player, Manager Charlie Manuel and the coaching staff leading up to Opening Day 2012.  On Day 14 we preview, Shane Victorino.

Shane Victorino – The “Flyin’ Hawaiian” is another of the amazing stories that have helped make up the “Greatest Era in Phillies Baseball History”. Shane was drafted in the 6th round of the 1999 amateur draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. In December of 2002, the San Diego Padres drafted Shane away from the Dodgers in the Rule 5 draft. In May 2003, he was returned from the Padres to the Dodgers. In December 2004, he was again drafted as a Rule 5 player by the Phillies from the Dodgers. An explanation of a Rule 5 draftee is, “Any player selected under Rule 5 is immediately added to his new team’s 40-man roster; thus, teams who do not have an available roster spot may not participate in the Rule 5 draft. Players who are not currently on their team’s 40-man roster are eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 draft. If chosen in the Rule 5 draft, a player must be kept on the selecting team’s 25-man major league roster for the entire season after the draft. He may not be optioned or designated to the minors. The selecting team may, at any time, waive the Rule 5 draftee. If a Rule 5 draftee clears waivers by not signing with a new MLB team, he must be offered back to the original team, effectively canceling the Rule 5 draft choice. Each draftee costs $50,000. If the draftee does not stay on the selecting team’s 25-man (major league) roster all season, the player must be offered back to his original team at half-price.” Based on the definition above you can see that Shane was having trouble sticking in both Los Angeles and San Diego. That’s what makes his story with the Phillies so amazing.

In 2006, the Flyin’ Hawaiian became a full time starter for the Phils and quickly became a fan favorite of the Philadelphia faithful. He hit .287 with 6 Home Runs and 46 RBI’s, while playing all three outfield positions. In 2007, playing almost all of his games in rightfield, Shane hit .281 with 12 home runs and again had 46 RBI’s and 37 stolen bases. 2008, was the breakout season for Victorino. As the starting centerfielder Shane won his first Gold Glove Award, hit .293 with 14 home runs, 58 RBI’s and 36 stolen bases as the Phillies won the World Series.

Shane continued to improve after the breakout 2008 season by making his first All Star team in 2009 and winning his second Gold Glove. He also led the league in Triples for the first time with 13. 2010 led to career highs in home runs, 18, and RBI’s, 69, but the lowest batting average of his big league career, .259. He did win his third straight Gold Glove Award. 2011 saw Shane make his second All Star game appearance as he bounced back with a .279, 17 and 61 season. He again led the league in Triples with 16.

As a result of his fine play Shane has been paid well by the Phillies. He will be paid $9.5m in 2012, the final year of his 3 year – $22m contract.

Personal Analysis:

Like all of the regulars, Shane is an integral part of the Phillies success and must have another one of his typical seasons. This is also a contract year for the 31 year old. Crazy things can happen in contract years! The key for Shane and the Phillies is for Shane to stay within himself and not try to be a power hitter. As pointed out earlier, the year he had the most home runs in his career is the year he had his lowest battling average. The Phils need guys on base so they can manufacturer runs rather than depend on the long ball as much. The Flyin’ Hawaiian still has plenty of speed and the ability to steal bases and the Phils will need that as well. Playing solid centerfield has become a given since Shane became the full timer there and that won’t change. With this being a contract year we’re going to predict a contract renewal type season for Victorino, .295 batting average, 190+ hits, 12 HR’s, 70 RBI’s, 35 stolen bases, a Gold Gove and another trip to the All Star game,

With that will come a new deal to keep the Flyin’ Hawaiian in Philadelphia for 3 more years!

Tomorrow we will preview Hunter Pence.

The series: Day 1, Charlie Manuel. Day 2, The Coaching Staff. Day 3, Roy Halladay. Day 4, Cliff Lee. Day 5, Cole Hamels. Day 6, Vance Worley. Day 7, Joe Blanton. Day 8, Carlos “Chooch” Ruiz. Day 9, Ryan Howard. Day 10, Chase Utley. Day 11, Jimmy Rollins. Day 12, Placido Polanco. Day 13, John Mayberry, Jr.

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