With two months left in the season, Aaron Altherr has arrived and is ready to show the Phillies faithful what he is capable of.
Aaron Altherr was topic of many discussions leading up to and during the start of Phillies Spring Training. He had a great shot of being one of the starting outfielders until he injured his left wrist diving for a ball which required surgery. Now with two months of the 2016 season left, Altherr is back and is ready to show what he is capable of.
In just nine games and 36 at-bats, Altherr has nine hits, ten RBIs, and two homeruns. His average is .250 which is higher than starting outfielder Cody Asche who was also out with an injury. Sure he has only seen a small amount of games but he is certainly seeing the ball well.
The question everyone is wondering is if his power just luck or is he the real deal? I believe that Altherr is the real deal. Why? His time with the team in 2015.
In 2015, Altherr played in 28 National League games. With 137 at-bats he hit .241 with 33 hits, 22 RBIs, and five HR. He has already passed last years average and close to his homerun count. It seems like he is on track to do better than last year in almost every category during his time in the Major Leagues.
Altherr is just 25 years old and certainly has a bright future ahead of him. The question is will manager Pete Mackanin allow him to start over Cody Asche? Asche is hitting just .216 and just .143 in the month of July. In addition, he has only produced 17 RBIs, just seven more than Altherr.
Currently the Phillies are eight games out of the Wild Card standings. With Altherr in the starting lineup, I believe that he can help the team with a playoff push if the pitching and defense continues to be strong.
Aaron Altherr has a bright future ahead of him and will certainly be fun to watch for the rest of this season.