Ideally, Darin Ruf will have such a great spring that he'll capture the left field job and also hit fifth in the order. That full scenario is more likely to fully play out next year.
As of right now, “Babe Ruf” hopes to become the starting (or platoon) left fielder and hit somewhere above the eighth spot. The Phillies aren't likely to immediately put him into a pressured lineup spot.
Domonic Brown hits left-handed, so he's more suited to the sixth-hole. This assumes that he's able to remain healthy this year and takes advantage of the opportunity that Delmon Young's injured ankle has given him in right field. Young's potent bat makes him a candidate to hit behind Howard when he returns as well.
Eventually Carlos Ruiz will return from banned stimulant exile. He was such a tremendous offensive force last season. Everyone will be watching to see how he performs, sans the “stuff” this season.
“Chooch” carried the team for portions of last season and would look great behind Howard, if he can produce again this year.
If Michael Young doesn't hit second, his right-handed bat could be seen in the fifth slot as well.
The noted alternatives prove that the Phillies should have offensive options this season. That strength should enable a steadier lineup punch than the 2012 season allowed.