The Philadelphia Phillies strengthened their bullpen during the offseason.
In a massive way.
The additions of Matt Strahm, Craig Kimbrel and Gregory Soto have greatly improved the bullpen. At least on paper.
But there will still be plenty of roles to fill with the likes of Serantoni Dominguez and Jose Alvarado.
Enter Connor Brogdon.
Although Brogdon had an inconsistent season, he was quite effective at times.
With so many fresh weapons added, Brogdon may not need to be in as many high-leverage situations in 2023.
It could be an opportunity for Brogdon to elevate his game.
Brogdon went 2-2 with a 3.27 ERA and two saves in 44 innings with 50 strikeouts and 11 walks.
Brogdon has been solid in the postseason with a 2.08 ERA in seven appearances.
A 10:th A first-round draft pick in 2017, Brogdon proved his mettle during long stretches as he made his major league debut in 2020. He has also fought for other sectors. None of this should come as a surprise to any relief pitcher.
Brogdon’s stuff can be nasty.
Once in command, he’s nearly invulnerable.
While Brogdon’s role may fluctuate at times, he has the potential to contribute heavily to this improved bullpen.
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