The Top 5 Phillies Home Grown Players
So this is a little series that I am thinking about doing here, on Bleacher Report. It highlights the top 5 greatest homegrown talent to come out of a team's farm system and actually play for them in the big leagues.
I will make a new slide show every day so check out my page for different Top 5 Home Grown Players.
So if you disagree with any of the choices just comment and let the debate begin.
5. Chase Utley
. BA .298
The best Phillies second basemen ever checks in at number 5 to start the list, the best second basemen of our era. He is one of the clutcher hitters in the game and is on pace to set a career high in RBI and HR this year.
He brings the total package and plays a good second base, Chase currently has as streak of 4 consecutive 100 RBI and 20 HR seasons and was a major part to the Phillies World Championship.
4. Robin Roberts
From 1950 to 1955 he was the man, in that 6 year span he won 138 games, compiled a 2.93 ERA, 161 CG and had 6 20 win seasons. He is the Phillies all time wins leader, and a Hall Of Famer, people say wins are overrated but if you put up a 3.43 ERA you have to have some ability.
He was never over powering he never topped 200 K's but he was a inning eater he topped over 200 innings 14 times.
His biggest flaw even in his prime was that he was HR prone he had 8 straight years that he gave up 30+ HR but don't let that fool you he was still respected greatly by his piers.
3. Ryan Howard
. BA .276
. BA .276
No doubt the strongest man right now in the Major Leagues, he takes batting practice with weight on his bat. He is just a beast and if Jim Thome had not been in Philledilphia for such a long time Howard would have been in the Majors when he was 23 or 22.
He is on pace to hit another 40 bombs this year or at least get to 37, in 4 full seasons he has hit 40 HR 3 times and knocked in 130 + men 3 times and has a Rookie Of The Year Award, MVP and a World Series Ring.
2. Mike Schimdt
. BA .267
Arguably the greatest third basemen of all time, he was arguably the best power hitter of his era. he topped over 30 HR 13 times, and topped 90 RBI 12 times.
This all time great might have paved the way for the power hitter of today they strikeout but when they get a hold of one the ball goes far. And to add even more greatness to his career he is a Hall Of Famer, mad the All Century Team and was a 3 time NL MVP.
1. Grover Cleveland Alexander
One of the All Time greats for sure, Alexander is certaintly one of the top 10 pitchers all time. Grover is truley amazing in all of his full seasons with the Phillies the fewest games he ever won were19.
He was a inning eater as well because in his first 7 seasons ( all with the Phillies) he pitched over 300 innings and that compiled 219 CG.
It is said that Grover never got to be as famous as he could have been because he pitched in a era were there was a Walter Johnson, Cy Young, and Christy Mathewson.
Jimmy Rollins :)