For the past few seasons the Philadelphia Phillies haven't had enough of the 'right' pieces on their roster. Beyond a rash of injuries and a lack of production, this club has been hurt by having too many players with limited diamond abilities.
Darin Ruf, Freddy Galvis, Cesar Hernandez and even the eternal prospect (who finally emerged this season) Domonic Brown were all trained to play multiple positions. This new breed of ballplayer represents a marked change from the most recent era in Phillies' history.
Current super-prospect Maikel Franco switched from third base to first base late in his Double-A minor league season. If all goes well this high-ceiling infielder could easily be cheered by the fans at Citizens Bank Park, at either spot on that major league diamond, sometime next year.
This organization didn't just fall out of a winning period (2007-2011) during the last two seasons. It has been hamstrung by a lack of movable parts at most positions.
Based on current trends, it appears as though Amaro is trying to shape Sandberg's developing squad in a different way. This strategy, along with sharper trades and free agent acquisitions, has significant potential for long-term success.