Throughout this week, we’ll unveil the list of the 50 most valuable people to the Phillies’ success in 2017. These are the most valuable people in the Phillies’ organization: The 2017 Phillies Value 50.
Methodology: The team at Phillies Nation each ranked who is most valuable to the Phillies’ success in 2017, from 1-50. We added up the rankings (anyone unranked immediately received a 51), then sorted the list.
50. Zach Eflin, right-handed pitcher
The young pitcher impressed everyone last year, but he’ll have to find his way back onto the major league rotation in 2017.
49. Michael Stiles, chief operation officer
Steering the business side of the Phillies, Stiles may not be in front like baseball operations, but his decisions have big impact.
48. Scott Kingery, second baseman
With a solid 2017 in the minors, Kingery could be the everyday second baseman in 2018.
47. Greg Casterioto, baseball communications director
Transparency will be key, especially in a city where the truth gets bounced around like a ping-pong ball.
46. Mike DiMuzio, ballpark operations director
Hey, we have to go to Citizens Bank Park to see this team. Keeping fans happy will be very important in another likely down year.
45. Aaron Altherr, outfielder
Can Altherr show Phils’ brass that he belongs on the team every day? It’s a crucial year for him.
44. Jake Thompson, right-handed pitcher
Like Eflin, Thompson has to find his way back to the majors. His stuff could be better.
43. Cameron Rupp, catcher
Either Rupp is a fringe starter on a bad team, or he’s much more, and 2017 will go a long way to determine that.
42. Benny Looper, senior advisor of international affairs
The international market is still hot for the Phils, making Looper an important voice on the team.
41. Rob Holiday, director of amateur scouting administration
Michael Sadowski has more on what Holiday means to the Phillies in 2017.