After going 71-91 in 2016 (an eight game improvement over the previous season) the Phillies showed signs of improvement as they rebuild.  Odubel Herrera, the Phillies' lone All-Star selection in 2016, led the team with 167 Hits while compiling 15 Home Runs and 25 Stolen Bases; he was one of the players the Phillies will be looking to continue his development in 2017 while helping the team win games.

ESPN Baseball Analyst Eduardo Perez joined The Sports Bash on Friday to discuss Herrera and what he likes about the Phillies ball club:

"Two of my favorite players to watch are on (the Philies): Odubel Herrera to me is a fantastic player, I love the spunk that he has; Freddy Galvis I think is doing the same exact damage that Herrera is doing, he's fun also to watch....Exactly what (Phillies) have is heart and passion.  (Aaron) Nola to me is a pitcher that has still not even reached his potential, he's shown flashes of it....He's one of those hidden secrets that can really prevail and do well when it comes to the division.  The Phillies have a good infield, good speed and good talent and last year, the first half of the season, everybody (asked) 'Are they for real or not?'  Well all of us thought second half of the season they would fall apart a little bit.  I think that experience is really (paying off) for them; speaking with Larry Bowa, he's optimistic also about his team, being the Bench Coach and knowing all of the inside outs of the team."

Checkout what Perez had to say about the NL East, the state of Baseball in 2017 and more

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