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Phillies 2010 Report Card: Chase Utley
by Scott Butler 1/17/11

Chase Utley had another disappointing season. Fans loved to make excuses for Utley in the past. For whatever reason, fans said he looked tired for playing so hard or looked injured, but they always seemed to give Utley a free pass.

The honeymoon might be over for Utley soon, because his numbers have continually declined over the last several seasons. His average (.275), homers (16), RBIs (65), Slugging Percentage (.445), and OPS (.832) have declined in each of the last four seasons.

His numbers were still good for a second baseman, but they aren't the numbers of an MVP type player that fans thought he could be and that the Phillies are paying him to be. His .275 batting average isn't too far off his career average of .293, so that part of his game doesn't appear to be dropping much. But his power has practically vanished. Had he played the entire season, Utley was on pace for 23 homers and 92 RBIs. Utley went from averaging a home run every 20.5 at-bats in 2006 to once every 26.5 at-bats in 2010.

Overall Grade: B-

Chase Utley had a decent season by most measures, but his lack of production changed him from an emerging superstar to just another good ball player. It is very possible that Utley was playing hurt once again and once he is healthy we will see the old Chase Utley, but who knows if that Utley still exists?

2009 and 2010 Statistics

  G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB
2009 156 687 571 112 161 28 4 31 93 23 0 88 110 0.282 0.397 0.508 0.905 290
2010 115 511 425 75 117 20 2 16 65 13 2 63 63 0.275 0.387 0.445 0.832 189

You can view all of Chase Utley's career stats here.

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