One of the most debated topic in Philadelphia sports is, who should the Phillies leadoff hitter for this upcoming season?

For the past two seasons, it has been Kyle Schwarber. He is not your typical leadoff hitter. Schwarber is not fast, in fact he may be the slowest runner on team, and he strikes out an awful lot.

The Phillies point out the fact that Schwarber walks a lot and that he is intimidating to an opposing pitcher, as he is capable of blasting a home run to start the game.

To me, Schwarber is not a leadoff hitter. He is a slugger. Schwarber has a batting average of .206 over the last two seasons. He has belted 46 home runs in 2022 and 47 homers last season.

The Phillies have viable options for the leadoff spot in Trea Turner and Bryson Stott. Both are capable of doing a good job. They are both fast and are good base runners.

Turner is the fastest player on the team. He has a batting average of .296 and an on-base percentage of .349 during his nine year career. Turner was the primary number two hitter in the Phillies lineup last year.

Stott had a breakout season last year. The second year pro hit for a .280 batting average with 15 home runs, 78 runs scored and 31 stolen bases. Stott hit mostly in the fifth spot in the Phillies batting order.

Bryce Harper is the Phillies best hitter and is projected to be the No. 3 hitter. Putting Turner and Stott in the first two spots, with Harper following them, would be my choice for the Phillies.

I would put Schwarber in the five spot, where his grip and rip approach would be better served.

The Phillies have had trouble manufacturing runs and I think it’s due to having the slow Kyle Schwarber in the leadoff spot. I am not sure what Manager Rob Thomson will do, but my choice for leadoff would be either Turner or Stott.

Bryson Stott, Trea Turner and Kyle Schwarber of the Philadelphia Phillies. Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Matt Slocum

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