It's time to take a look at short and third base for the spring. We already looked at first and second. Now we'll look at the other side of the infield.
Wigginton and Martinez (see first base and second base)
At the big league level, the Phillies have two incumbents with a lot of service time, and some questions. Jimmy had a primarily healthy, overall solid 2011, and got a multi-year deal in return. As long as he's healthy, he's solid there. Polanco's season went from good to bad in the course of an injury, and he had off-season surgery to correct the hernia. Even so, he managed to get elected to the All-Star game, and win the NL Gold Glove at third. Polanco begins the season as a question mark, and needs to stay healthy. Wigginton was a big pick up though, as he can fill in at third once he's done filling in at first. While Martinez may be the utility man, Galvis would most likely fill in on a long-term injury for Rollins.
So, let's take a look at what's in the pipeline on the left side of the infield.
UPPER LEVELS (AA and AAA)
Shortstop- Lehigh Valley and Reading
Travis MattairUpdate: Currently in the Cincinnati Reds organization as a rule 5 pick; could return
Third Base- Clearwater and Lakewood
Third Base- Lakewood and Williamsport
Third Base- Williamsport
Shortstop- First Camp
Clearly, the Phillies lack upper level depth on the left side of the infield. Galvis is the only prospect very close to the big leagues, and he probably needs a full season of time here. In the lower levels, there are a lot of third basemen with talents, but none that have stood out yet as "the guy." Alonso, Franco, or Martinez may catch Mattair this year if he doesn't show progress. At short, Duran needs to show some offensive improvement. Quinn should be really fun to watch.
Looking forward, at third, it's likely that Polanco sticks around for 2013. One has to hope someone will emerge as his replacement during this season. At shortstop the situation is interesting. I suspect the Phillies would like to see Galvis play in Allentown all year this season. After that, he may become a utility man, or even make a move to second or third. He projects as an outstanding shortstop defensively though as well. He could be traded too, since he'll be ready before Jimmy leaves. Duran is next in line, but isn't offensively up to the spot. Could Quinn be in the perfect spot, for four years from now? It sure looks it.