Philadelphia Phillies: Assembling Full 40-Man Roster of Top Homegrown Players
From baseball's beginnings to the game that is played today, the importance of player development has not been underscored. Before there were farm systems, scouts would look at players participating in other leagues. Unaffiliated with other teams, if a major league club found a player they liked all they had to do was make an offer.
Today, the way teams develop players is a little different. Often they will acquire them from the MLB Amateur Draft or as undrafted free agents. Then the player will likely begin a long and slow process in the minors until they are deemed major league ready.
Sometimes players drafted won't make it to the bigs with the team that signed them. Sometimes draft picks won't make it at all.
With the way Major League Baseball is, you can't know which draft picks will become stars or which undrafted free agents you should take a chance on. You can guess, but until you see that player in action, you won't know.
Since the Phillies have recently stressed the importance of the farm system and since it is that farm system that has enabled them to make such blockbuster deals, I thought it would be interesting to look back at those players that weren't involved in blockbuster deals, those players that were drafted or signed by the team and that started and in some cases finished their careers in Philadelphia.
Without further ado and with an intensive look back into the franchise's history, I present the best 40-man roster the Phils can assemble using only players that are considered to be homegrown talent.
Starting 1B: Dick Allen
At first base for the Phillies All-Time Home Grown Team is the incomparable Dick Allen. Allen, who was born in Wampum, Pennsylvania was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1960.
In three years, Allen quickly climbed the Phillies farm systems. By 1963, he was playing for the Arkansas Travelers, the Phillies' AAA team.
He made his major league debut on Sept. 3, 1963, and soon became an absolute force for the Phillies. In his first full season with the team he recorded one of the best rookie seasons by any player of all-time. With 13 triples, 125 runs scored, 201 hits, 38 doubles, 29 home runs, 98 RBI and a .318 average, Allen easily won the Rookie of the Year Award.
Allen played for the Phillies from 1960-69 and then again from 1975-76. During his time with the team, he hit over .300 four consecutive years and hit over 30 home runs three times, including hitting a career high of 40 in 1966.
Starting 2B: Nap Lajoie
At second is the offensive minded Nap Lajoie who was one of a handful of major league players that left the National League in favor of higher salaries offered in the American League. Before moving on to play for the Philadelphia Athletics however, Lajoie began his career with the Phillies.
In 1896, Lajoie began playing for baseball at the professional level. Back in a time where major league teams didn't have farm systems, the Phillies took notice and picked up Lajoie's contract. In August of 1896, Lajoie made his Phillies debut.
In five seasons with the Phillies, Lajoie was absolutely masterful. He hit at least .324 each season including hitting .378, the third highest of his career, in 1899. He also drove in a career-high 127 runs in back-to-back seasons in 1897 and 1898.
Starting 3B: Mike Schmidt
There is no dispute to who starts at third for this all homegrown team. Not only the best third baseman in Phillies history, Michael Jack Schmidt will also likely go down as one of the best third basemen to ever play the game of baseball.
Born and raised in Ohio, Schmidt was drafted by the Phillies with the 30th overall pick in the 1971 Major League Baseball Draft. He played two seasons in the minors with AA Reading and AAA Eugene before making his Phillies debut on Sept. 12, 1972.
In his first full season as a pro, Schmidt was anything but impressive, finishing with .196 average. He did however show the potential for power as he hit 18 home runs, a mark that would be doubled the next year.
Schmidt quickly caught on to the major league learning curve and came into the 1973 season as a brand new player. He hit .282, had 116 RBI, 38 home runs and was named to his first of twelve All-Star games.
The career of this Phils third basemen is full with numerous trophies including three NL MVP awards, 10 Gold Gloves and six Silver Sluggers. He led the NL in RBIs four times and in home runs, eight times. His No. 20 is retired by the Phils and in 1995, the man who played his entire 18 year career with Philadelphia, was inducted as a first ballot Hall of Famer. The most important trophy in his case however is his World Series Ring and World Series MVP as in 1980 he helped lead the Phillies to their franchise's first World Championship.
Starting LF: Ed Delahanty
One of the best players to ever play for the Phillies is former left-fielder, Ed Delahanty.
Just like Lajoie, Delahanty played when teams didn't have farm systems and player development programs. He began his professional baseball career with the Ohio State League but his talent was quickly recognized and on May 22, 1888, Delahanty made his major league debut with the Phillies.
One of four boys who all played in the major leagues, Delahanty spent all but three years of his 16-year major league career with the Phillies. During that time he batted over .300 seven times and batted over .400 another three times. He led the league in home runs twice and is considered as one of the game's earliest power hitters.
Delahanty is the only player in major league history to have a four home run game in which all of the home runs were inside the park. He is also the only player in baseball history to win a batting title in both the National and American leagues.
He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1945 and was part of an 1894 Phillies team that did something few other teams in history have done, by fielding an all .400 outfield.
Starting CF: Richie Ashburn
A member of the 1950 pennant-winning 'Whiz Kids,' Richie "Whitey" Ashburn was a phenomenal center fielder for the Phillies.
A Nebraska farm boy, Ashburn was signed by the Phillies in 1945 as an amateur free agent. He spent two seasons playing for the A Utica Blue Sox before making his Phillies debut on April 20, 1948.
Spending 12 of his 15 years with the Phillies, Ashburn was one of the best defensive center fielders this club has seen. On top of that, he could also hit the ball as he had eight seasons where he hit above .300, including two in which he won the batting title. Starting in 1951, he recorded eight straight seasons where he scored at least 90 runs and during his career, had three seasons where he got more than 200 hits.
He was a six-time All-Star and in 1995, was elected into the Hall of Fame. His No. 1 is retired by the Phillies.
Starting RF: Del Ennis
A native Philadelphian from birth, Del Ennis was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1943 and began his major league career shortly after in 1946.
Ennis played one season for the Trenton Packers before dedicating two years of his life to military service. After coming back from his tour of duty in 1946, Ennis began as the everyday right fielder for the Phillies.
He spent the first 11 years of his career with the Phillies during which time he played alongside Richie Ashburn, helping the Phillies win the 1950 pennant. He was also the first Phillies rookie to make an All-Star team.
Ennis was one of the best ballplayers during his time and always gave the Phillies solid production on offense. He was a three-time All Star and finished in the top 10 of many offensive categories including batting average (three times), home runs (eight times), RBI (10 times) and total bases (six times).
Starting SS: Jimmy Rollins
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If heart and hustle was calculated on the stat sheet, Jimmy Rollins would lead the major leagues just about every time.
One of the most confident and outspoken players the Phillies have ever had, Rollins, an Oakland California native, was selected in the second round of the 1996 draft. He spent five years climbing the ranks of the Phillies' farm system before he received a September call-up in 2000. He posted a .321 average and cemented his spot with the team for the next season.
In 2001, Rollins dazzled with his speed as he hit a league leading 12 triples and stole a league-best 46 bases. He finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting and earned a trip to his first of three All-Star Games.
Rollins was the 2007 MVP and Silver Slugger and is also a three-time Gold Glove Award winner. He has an MLB record for most at-bats in a season and is one of just four players to ever hit 20 home runs, 20 doubles, 20 triples and have 20 stolen bases in the same season.
Since '01, Rollins has been a spark plug in a Phillies offense that has won five consecutive NL East crowns, two National League pennants and the second World Series in franchise history.
Starting C: Darren Daulton
An incredibly popular player, there is no better Phillie to have behind the backstop as the catcher of the late 1980s and early 1990s, Darren "Dutch" Daulton.
Taken in the 25th round of the 1980 MLB draft, Daulton was listed as a prospect with good potential but likely to be a hit or miss. As Daulton ascended the ladder to the majors, including being an All-Star for the 1983 AA Reading Phillies, the team quickly learned that they had scored a hit with Daulton.
Although he made his major league debut in 1983, Daulton didn't become the Phillies full-time catcher until nearly six years later.
Upon taking over the job, Daulton had steady offensive numbers during the first few years. It wasn't until 1992 however that he really started to blossom into a great major league baseball player.
It was in 1992 that Daulton got voted into his first of three career All-Star games. He led the league in RBI with 109 and finished in the top 10 in on base percentage, slugging percentage, home runs and extra base hits.
In 1993, Daulton replicated these numbers and was a major catalyst for the team that won the National League pennant and reached the World Series only to lose to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Starting P: RHP Robin Roberts
Starting the game for the Philadelphia Phillies is none other than the six-time All Star and 20+ game winner, one of the greatest right handed pitchers to play for the Phillies, Robin Roberts.
In 1948, the Phillies signed a young Roberts as an amateur free agent. He spent that season with the Single-A Wilmington Blue Rocks and finished with a 9-1 record and a 2.06 ERA. Not wasting any time, the Phils called him up in June of that year to make his major league debut.
After a 7-9 rookie season, Roberts burst on to the scene by winning 15 games for the talented and pennant winning Whiz Kids, a team compiled of mostly homegrown talent.
From 1951-55, Roberts reeled off six straight 20-win seasons including four of which he won 23 or more games and led the National League in wins.
In his 14 years with the Phillies, Roberts started at least 30 games, 12 times. He won a total of 234 games with the Phillies and had an ERA of 3.46. He pitched over 3,000 innings for the club and had a remarkable 272 complete games.
No. 2 P: LHP Chris Short
Signed by the Phils in 1957 as an amateur free agent, Chris Short, began his baseball career with the Johnson City Phillies of the Appalachian League. In the next three years, Short quickly rose through the rankings and after just three games with the AA Reading Phillies, was promoted to the major league club.
In 1962, Short recorded his first winning season going 11-9 with a 3.42 ERA. In 1963 he lowered his ERA to 2.95. Then from 1964-66, Short recorded the three best and most dominant years of his career. For a Phillies team that contended for a playoff birth in 1964, Short won 17 games and had an ERA of just 2.20.
In 1965, Short won 18 games and then in '66, he won a career high of 20 with just 10 losses. He finished his 14-year Phillies career with 132 wins and 127 losses.
No. 3 P: LHP Cole Hamels
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Selected as the 17th overall pick in the 2002 MLB Draft, Cole Hamels, has been one of the best pitchers to come out of the Phillies' minor league system.
After spending two years with the Single-A Lakewood Blue Claws and Clearwater Threshers, Hamels jumped to AA Reading for the 2005 season and AAA Scranton-Wilkesbarre for the 2006 season, before receiving his Phillies call-up in early May.
In his rookie season, Hamels went 9-8 for a Phillies team that just barely finished out of the playoffs. In 2007, Hamels became the ace of the staff by going 15-5 and finishing sixth in Cy Young voting. 2007 also saw Hamels make his first All-Star game. Although faltering in the playoffs, Hamels and the rest of his teammates vowed to come back stronger and more determined in 2008 and that is exactly what they did.
In 2008, Hamels won 14 games and had a 3.09 ERA. His most impressive numbers however came in the playoffs as he was 4-0 and extremely dominant. He won the NLCS and World Series MVP and was a huge factor in the Phillie winning just their second World Series in franchise history.
For the next three years, Hamels continued to pitch well, winning at least 10 games. In 2011, as part of a pitching staff that featured Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt, Hamels set a career low ERA of 2.79 and won another 14 games. He finished fifth in Cy Young Award voting.
No. 4 P: LHP Curt Simmons
A Pennsylvania native, the Phillies signed pitcher Curt Simmons as an amateur free agent in 1947. He pitched one season with the Wilmington Blue Rocks before cracking the major league roster in September of the 1947 season.
In 1948 in his rookie season, Simmons went 7-13. After another subpar season in 1949, Simmons really broke through in 1950 as he became just another Phillies homegrown player to impact the 1950 NL pennant winning roster.
In 1950, Simmons won 17 games and had a 3.40 ERA. In 1951, Simmons enlisted in active duty but in 1952 he came back to have five of six 10+ win seasons.
He finished his 13-year Phillies career with 115 wins, 109 complete games, a 3.66 ERA and over 1,900 innings pitched.
No. 5 P: RHP Dick Ruthven
Dick Ruthven was the first overall pick of the 1973 January Secondary portion of the MLB Draft. Without spending anytime in the minors, Ruthven began his Phillies career the season following the draft.
In his rookie year, Ruthven only won six games. He continued to be a mediocre pitcher until he came back from a 1975 stint in the minors. After a trade to the Atlanta Braves, Ruthven returned to the Phillies as a different pitcher.
In his first season back with the Phils, Ruthven went 13-5, the first of the next four out of five seasons with at least 10 wins. His best season with the club came in 1980 as he went 17-10 with a 3.55 ERA en route to helping the team claim its first World Series.
Back-Up Catcher: Bob Boone
A San Diego native, Bob Boone, was taken by the Phils in the sixth round of the 1969 amateur draft. He spent two years with AA Reading and one with AAA Eugene before making his Phillies debut on Sept. 10, 1972.
In his rookie season with the club, Boone had 20 doubles, 10 home runs and a .261 batting average as he finished third in Rookie of the Year voting.
Boone continued to be a solid producer on offense and aided by phenomenal defense was named to the National League All-Star team in 1976, 1978 and 1979.
In 1980, despite a .221 average, Boone hit nine home runs and drove in 55 runs. His defense especially, with 88 assists and .979 fielding percentage, helped the Phils in key situations as they made their 1980 World Series run.
Back-Up Catcher: Carlos Ruiz
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Considered by his pitchers as one of the best playcallers in the game, Carlos "Chooch" Ruiz has been a constant for the Phillies for several years.
Ruiz was undrafted but the Phillies decided to take a chance on him anyway. They signed him as an amateur free agent in 1996 and after 10 years in the minors, Ruiz finally made his MLB debut in 2006 and proved to the Phillies that the chance they took was well worth it.
In his rookie season, Ruiz hit .259 with career highs in doubles (29) and RBI (54). In 2008, despite a down year offensively, Ruiz's top of the notch defense and memorable squeeze bunt in the World Series helped the Phils win the championship.
In 2008, Ruiz really endeared himself to the Philadelphia faithful and since then he has been one of the most popular players on the team. In 2010, Ruiz batted .302 and finished 17th in MVP voting. In 2011, he hit .283 and once again got MVP votes.
So far in 2012, Ruiz is off to a phenomenal start. It looks like he will make his first All-Star game and has the possibility to win an MVP or batting title as he is on pace to surpass his career highs in every offensive category.
Back-Up Shortstop: Larry Bowa
In 1965, the Phillies signed undrafted free agent Larry Bowa to a minor league contract. Five years later at the beginning of the 1970 season, Bowa made his Philadelphia Phillies debut.
From 1970 to 1981, Bowa was the Phillies starting shortstop. A consistent offensive performer, Bowa was also a magician with the glove. He won two Gold Glove Awards and was also a five-time All-Star. Bowa, a .300 career hitter, also has the current major league record for best career fielding percentage at .980.
Bowa has worked his way through the Phillies organization first as player, then manager and then as the third base coach. With an inspired performance in the 1980 playoffs, Bowa forever etched his name in Phillies' history.
Back-Up Shortstop: Steve Jeltz
One of very few Major League baseball players to come out of France, Steve Jeltz was the Phillies' ninth round selection in the 1980 draft. Three years later and after moving through the minor league ranks, Jeltz made his Phils debut on July 17, 1983.
A career .213 hitter with the Phillies, Jeltz had his best offensive season in 1989 when he hit .243 and added 25 RBI.
Utility IF: Granny Hamner
Born in Richmond VA, the Phillies signed undrafted free agent Granny Hamner to a contract in 1944. He began his major league journey with Single-A Utica and in 1947 was promoted to the major leagues. After a September call-up in 1944, Hamner joined the Phillies for his rookie season in 1948.
Hamner spent 16 of his 17 major league seasons with the Phillies, playing in over 1500 games and recording over 1500 hits.
A three time All-Star, Hamner placed as high as sixth in MVP voting in a season where he hit .270 with 82 RBI and 27 doubles. This was just one season in which he had 80+ runs batted in.
At age 23, Hamner became a leader on the young upstart Whiz Kids. He was named a captain of the team by the manager and despite the four game sweep in the World Series, Hamner performed admirably getting off to a .429 average with three extra base hits.
Back-Up 2B: Juan Samuel
Juan Samuel, 2B out of the Dominican Republic, was just another player that was undrafted and that the Phillies took a chance on. In 1980 the team signed Samuel to a free agent contract and after playing for AA Reading and AAA Portland, Samuel made his major league debut in August of 1963.
Samuel enjoyed a solid rookie campaign as he led the league in triples with 19, added another 15 home runs and finished with a .272 average. Setting the single season rookie record, Samuel also stole 72 bases. He got voted to his first All-Star game and finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting.
With the Phils, Samuel was most known for his speed on the basepaths. After setting the record in 1964, Samuel stole 53, 42 and 35 bags in the next three seasons. He also was good at working out walks and was the first player in major league history to reach double figures in stolen bases, doubles, triples and home runs in each of his first four major league seasons.
Back-Up 2B: Chase Utley
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One of the grittiest players to ever step on a baseball diamond, the Phillies assured themselves a star when they drafted Chase Utley 15th overall in the 2000 amateur draft.
After playing in the New York-Penn league and then quickly moving on to Class A Clearwater, the Phils second baseman continued to climb the minor league ladder. In 2003, he began playing for AAA Scranton and received a late season call-up. He began the 2004 with Scranton but was quickly moved to the majors when the Phils traded Placido Polanco to make room for the rookie.
In his rookie season, Utley hit .266 with 13 home runs and 57 RBIs. The next year his average jumped up to .291 and Utley quickly endeared himself to the fans. His quick and compact swing helped him to hit 28 home runs in 2005 and with Jimmy Rollins, he became a leader in the clubhouse and on the field.
In midst of an MVP season, Utley was hit by a pitch, something that happened a record 25 times that season. Despite missing 30 games, Utley still finished the season with career highs in doubles (48) and average (.332). He scored 104 runs, batted in 103 and had 22 home runs. As a result he earned his second of five consecutive All-Star appearances.
Utley, who has won four Silver Slugger awards, has been a key cog in the Phillies' line up. With the ability to both score and bat in runs, Utley has helped the Phillies to a solid offense and additionally, his clutch home runs in the 2008 World Series, helped the Phils win the championship.
Back-Up 2B: Mickey Morandini
Selected by the Phillies in the fifth round of the 1988 Amateur Draft, Mickey Morandini quickly became a contributor to the team, especially in 1993 as they battled for a second World Series trophy.
Born in Pennsylvania, Morandini played for Spartanburg, Clearwater and Reading in 1989. Impressing on every level, he received a promotion to AAA and in September of 1990, made his major league debut.
After starting the 1991 season with AAA Scranton, Morandini was quickly brought up to the Phils. In his rookie season he hit .249 with 11 doubles and 13 stolen bases. Showcasing good speed, the Phils inserted Morandini into the second spot in the line-up. He even was given the opportunity to bat lead-off in the 1993 World Series.
His best season with the Phils came in 1995 when he hit .283, 34 doubles and 49 RBI. He was named to his first and only All-Star game in that season.
Back-Up 3B: Scott Rolen
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Selected in the second round of the 1993 draft, Scott Rolen's journey to the majors began with the Martinsville Phillies of the Appalachian League. He then spent time at each of the Phils' minor league affiliates until finally in 1996, after shortened seasons with both Reading and Scranton, Rolen made his much anticipated debut.
In 1997, Rolen completed his rookie season by winning the Rookie of the Year Award, making him the first Phillie since Dick Allen in 1964 to do so.
A great defender, Rolen won four of his career eight Gold Glove Awards with the Phillies. In his final year with the team he also won the Silver Slugger Award and was named to his first of seven All-Star games.
Back-Up 3B: Willie Jones
In 1947, the Phillies signed third baseman Willie Jones as an amateur free agent. He played with both Single-A Utica and AAA Toronto before making his major league debut in 1948.
Jones spent the first 13 of a total of 15 major league seasons with the Phillies. During that time he was named to two All-Star games, had a career .258 average, hit 232 doubles, 180 home runs and had 753 RBI.
His contributions to the Phillies teams of the '50s, most notably the pennant-winning Whiz Kids, earned him a spot on the Phillies' Wall of Fame.
Back-Up 1B: Ryan Howard
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Taken late in the 5th round of the 2001 draft, Ryan Howard has become one of the premier power hitters in the league. Slowly but surely, he is breaking long-held Phillies records and is making a name for himself in this franchise's history.
Howard spent the first four years of his professional baseball career climbing the ranks of the Phillies' minor leagues. In 2004, he played for Reading and at the beginning of September received a call-up. He started the 2005 season at AAA, but when the Phils moved Jim Thome in a trade, the path for Howard to make his debut was clear.
In his rookie season, Howard put together phenomenal numbers. He easily won the Rookie of the Year Award with a .288 average, 17 doubles and 22 home runs. His best career year, however, came in 2006.
In 2006, Howard put together one of the best seasons in recent years. He hit a NL leading 58 home runs, league-best 149 RBI and a .313 average. He made his first All-Star team, won the Home Run Derby and added both the Silver Slugger and MVP Award to his trophy case.
Howard was the fastest player in ML history to reach 150 and 200 home runs. In his seventh season with the team, Howard already has 286 home runs and is quickly climbing the Phils' all-time list in this category.
Utility OF: Roy Thomas
A local product out of Norristown High School, Roy Thomas was signed by the Phillies and immediately made his major league debut in 1899.
Hitting over .300 four out of his first five major league seasons, Thomas was also very patient. Six years in a row he worked out over 100 walks and led the majors in that category five of those six times. He also stole over 20 bases six times and over 100 runs four times.
Thomas quickly became one of the NL's table setters and because of his ability to get on base, was named the Phillies' lead-off hitter.
Utility OF: Jeff Stone
Signed in 1979 as an amateur free agent, Jeff Stone, spent a good portion of his career bouncing back and forth between AA Reading, AAA Portland and the Phillies.
Stone made his major league debut in 1983, but didn't have his first full season with the team until 1984. In '84 Stone hit .362 and stole 27 bases. He finished seventh in the Rookie of the Year voting.
In total, Stone spent five years with the Phillies serving mostly as a platoon outfielder and pinch hitter. He averaged .291 and stole 68 bases during his time with the team.
Back-Up RF: Chuck Klein
Chuck Klein came to the Phillies after playing in the Indiana-Illinois-Iowa and Central Leagues. In the summer of 1928, he made his major league debut.
Klein was one of the preeminent power hitters of his time and often led the league in home runs, runs scored and RBI. In 1932, he put together his best season as a Phillie as he led the league with 152 runs 261 hits, 38 home runs and 20 stolen bases. He hit .404 and won the MVP Award.
The two time All Star won four home run crowns, two RBI titles and the Triple Crown (28 HR, 120 RBI, .368) in 1933. In that year, he also became the first Phillies player to bat in an All-Star game.
Back-Up RF: John Titus
Born and raised in St. Clair, Pa., John Titus was acquired by the Phillies and made his major league debut in 1903.
Never more than an average player, Titus was known for how often he was hit by pitches. In 1909 he led the NL in this category as he was hit 16 times and in all during his career he was hit 94 times.
Titus was a career .278 hitter for the Phils and had two seasons where he hit over .300. Also, he was very quick and in his ten seasons with the club, stole 131 bases and was not caught once.
Back-Up LF: Sherry Magee
Sherry Magee was one of the earliest examples of a five-tool player. Signed by the Phils as an amateur free agent in 1904, Magee could hit, run and field with proficiency.
With the Phils, Magee had five seasons including three in a row where he hit above .300. He also had 100+ RBI and led the league in this category twice. He had seven seasons where he hit more than 30 doubles and three seasons where he hit at least 11 home runs, a number that was pretty impressive at that time.
In 1914 with a .314 average, 103 RBI and 39 doubles, Magee finished seventh in the MVP voting. Throughout his career, he has also finished best in the NL at least once in all offensive categories except home runs, triples and stolen bases, even though he did steal more than 40 without getting caught, three times.
Back-Up LF: Greg Luzinski
Greg "the Bull" Luzinski was the Phillies first round and 11th overall pick of the 1968 MLB Draft. He spent two seasons with Class A Huron and Raleigh-Durham before being promoted to play at AA Reading in 1970. After a full season with both Reading and AAA Eugene, Luzinski was called up to be a permanent fixture on the major league roster.
Luzinski's best seasons with the club came starting in 1975. In this season, he led the league in RBI and total bases and hit .300 for the second time in his career. He also had 34 home runs and earned his first of four consecutive All-Star appearances.
In 1977, Luzinski had a career high 39 home runs, 130 RBI and .309 batting average as he finished second in MVP voting. He of course was also a member of the 1980 World Championship team, and had four RBI in the NLCS against the Houston Astros.
Back-Up LF: Pat Burrell
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In 1998, with the first overall pick, the Phillies selected Pat Burrell out of the University of Miami in Florida.
Following the draft, the Phillies began to groom the player who they wanted as their outfielder of the future. He spent one year with Clearwater before being promoted in 1999 to Reading. After spending a few months with Reading, Burrell quickly moved on to play for Scranton, the last stop before making his Phillies debut at the beginning of the 2000 season.
In his rookie year, Burrell hit .260, slugged 18 home runs, hit 27 doubles and had 79 RBI. He finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting.
His best year with the club came two years later as Burrell had a career-best 37 home runs and second best 116 RBI and a career best .282 average. He finished 14th in the MVP voting.
Never an All-Star, Burrell was a consistent performer throughout his years with the club. Through a clutch home run in the World Series, he also helped the team secure the second championship in franchise history.
Back-Up LF: Lonnie Smith
Lonnie Smith was the third overall pick in the 1974 MLB Draft. After spending two seasons playing for Class A, the Phillies promoted him to AAA Oklahoma City where he spent the better part of four years before receiving his major league call-up in 1978.
After failing to stick with the team in both '78 and '79, Smith finally cracked the roster just in time for the 1980 World Series season. In his rookie year he hit .339, had 33 stolen bases and scored 69 runs. He finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting.
In 1982 with 69 RBI, 68 stolen bases, 120 runs and 35 doubles, Smith made his first All-Star team and finished second place in the MVP voting for that year.
Starting Pitcher: Larry Christenson
Another piece of the 1980 World Series roster, Larry Christenson was the third overall pick in the 1972 MLB Draft.
After a few seasons in the minors and a few call-ups to the majors, Christenson finally got his chance to pitch as part of the rotation in 1975.
In his first year, Christenson started off strong going 11-6 with a 3.67 ERA. This was the first of four consecutive seasons where Christenson had 10+ wins. His best season came during this time as in 1977, he went 19-6 and punched out 118 batters.
Starting Pitcher: Randy Wolf
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A second round draft choice in 1997, it wasn't long until Wolf found himself as a very important member of the Phillies' starting staff.
In his major league debut in 1999, Wolf pitched his way to a win, the first of six he had that year. In the next four seasons, Wolf won at least 10 games each season, including 16 wins in 2003. This season earned him his first and only All-Star appearance.
In 2004, Wolf became a Phillies fan favorite as during a game against the Colorado Rockies, he hit two home runs and helped pitch his team to a win. Shortly after this, the Wolf Pack, a fan group dedicated to him, showed up at the ballpark when he pitched.
Starting Pitcher: Art Mahaffey
In 1956, the Phillies signed the undrafted free agent Art Mahaffey to a contract. Four years later, he joined the major league pitching staff and provided one of the few spots for a dismal era in Phillies baseball.
Mahaffey was 7-3 with a 2.31 ERA in his first season with the Phils. He continued to pitch well in 1961, but a horrible offensive team did him in. His record of 11-19 was not fully telling of his season.
Despite early struggles and inconsistencies, Mahaffey battled back to record his best season as a pro. He narrowly missed out on winning 20 games and set a Phillies record for most strike outs in one game with 17.
In his six years with the Phillies, Mahaffey finished 58-60 with 620 strikeouts.
Pitcher: Kid Gleason
Born and raised in Camden, N.J., William "Kid" Gleason made his Phillies debut in April of 1988.
An interesting story, Gleason spent his four years of his career with the Phils and as a pitcher. In his final two seasons with the club, his stats were absolutely off the charts. In 1890, he went 38-17 with a 2.63 ERA after starting 55 games. The following season, he started 44 games and finished with a 24-22 record. Almost all of his games pitched in these seasons he went the distance.
After 12 years, Gleason returned to the Phillies in 1903 but not as a pitcher, as a second baseman. He performed admirably in this role including hitting .284 with 65 runs and 49 RBI in his first season back with the Phils.
Pitcher: Ben Sanders
Another of the Phillies' early pitching stars, Ben Sanders made his debut with the team in 1888.
Although he only spent parts of two seasons with the Phils, Sanders was definitely a talented pitcher. In his rookie year, he had his best career winning percentage as he won 19 games and lost only 10. He also led the league in shut outs with eight and had a BB/SO ratio of 1.1. His ERA was 1.90.
In 1889, Sanders again won 19 games but also lost 18. He had an ERA of 3.55 and struck out a career-high 123 batters.
Relief Pitcher: Ryan Madson
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Taken late in the ninth round of the 1998 MLB Draft, Ryan Madson originally went to the minor leagues as a starting pitcher. Working his way through the minor leagues, it wasn't until Madson made his debut in 2003 that the Phils really began to use him in relief.
In 2006, with a lack of starting pitching depth, the Phils attempted to convert Madson back into a starter. He pitched 17 games and had a respectable 11-9 record. It was a 5.69 ERA however that led the Phils to put Madson back into the bullpen.
In 2008, Madson stepped into the role of a lifetime as he was the set-up man to Brad Lidge. In this season, the Phils' bullpen, anchored by Lidge and Madson, who later became known as "the bridge to Lidge," was absolutely dominant. The Phillies won every game they played when they entered the 8th inning with a lead.
After Lidge left, the Phils inserted Madson as their closer. Although he did not have success in the role right away, in 2011, a season that saw the Phils record their best record in franchise history, Madson saved a career high 32 games.
Relief Pitcher: Brett Myers
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In 1999 with the 12th overall pick, the Phillies selected Brett Myers with the hopes that he could anchor their starting pitching staff.
Pleased with Myers production in the minors, the Phils brought him up in 2002. In his first full season with the club, Myers went 14-9 with 143 strikeouts. As it turned out that season was the first of the next five out of six in which Myers won at least 10 games.
The opening day starter for quite some time, Myers was known to struggle at times during his career. As a result, in 2007, Myers was on the mound for both the first and last pitch of the 2007 season as he started the opener and recorded the save as the Phils secured their first playoff birth in 14 years.
Closer: Ricky Bottalico
Rounding out the 40-man homegrown roster is the Phils' closer, Ricky Bottalico. Bottalico was picked up by the Phils in 1991 as an undrafted free agent. With the intent to use him in the bullpen evident in 1992, Bottalico quickly went through the minors and made his Phillies debut in the summer of 1994.
Bottalico became a reliable reliever for the Phils in the five seasons he spent with the team. He saved 78 games including two seasons he spent as the closer, where he saved 34 games a piece. In one of these seasons, 1996, Bottalico represented the Phils in the All-Star game and pitched a scoreless inning.
His ERA with the team was 3.70 in 330 games and 370 innings pitched.