“A lot of it depends on how we feel about that combination of players in the corners,” Amaro said. “Whether Darin Ruf can step up and be an everyday player, whether Domonic Brown can be an everyday player, whether John Mayberry can be an everyday player, or whether this combination – Laynce Nix as well – can constitute some type of platoon situation. We have talent there. How we maximize it, I’m not sure yet. If we have to go with those guys, if we feel like the other alternatives are not all that much better than what we have right now, there’s no reason for us to go out and do things that don’t make sense for us.”
Could a double platoon be the Phillies’ best option? It remains to be seen, but Corey Seidman examined this subject over at CSNPhilly.com.
For argument’s sake, let’s say Ruf and Nix platoon in left field – Nix has played 121 more games in left field than in right – and Brown and Mayberry handle right field. Nix is a career .253 (.447 slugging percentage) hitter against right-handed pitchers, while the right-handed Ruf, in his short time with the Phillies, hit safely in six of his 16 at-bats against southpaws. Mayberry hits .284 against left-handers, while Brown owns a .243 clip against right-handers.
Keeping in mind how much the Phillies would have to spend on a Nick Swisher or a Cody Ross, a double platoon should be considered very much on the table.