How All Of The Phillies Hitters Were Acquired:
By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):
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When you look at the Philadelphia Phillies lineup, you will see a long history of the club drafting their own players.
Out of the 8 starters right now, only Ben Revere was not brought up by the franchise. He was dealt to the Phigtins, for Vance Worley.
As the Trade Deadline approaches, you can find Revere on his way out of town too.
Five years ago, the Infield was all in their prime, with Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz and Chase Utley manning four of the 5 positions.
They could hit for high averages, and club 100+ HR for those four, and each one of them were franchise players.
Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins both have taken home NL MVP Honors.
The organization won the 2008 World Series, appeared in the 2009 World Series, then the 2010 NLCS, and finally made their last appearance in the playoffs during a 1st round upset to St. Louis.
It was a gradual 5 year decline, and it all has happened under the watchful eye of Ruben Amaro Jr.
Pat Gillick was the one who orchestrated the majority of the transactions for the Phils success. Well at least he was the guy in charge.
Amaro has let a few years pass, and is overseeing a core of players now entering their mid 30’s – and rapidly declining in production.
As we stated in our Trade Deadline blog recently, Philadelphia needs to start assembling a re-tool of their franchise by trading some commodities right now while they have any value at all.
For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.
It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased.
It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.
The Hitters In 2014 (Age) (Pos) Roster Tree
Carlos Ruiz (35) C: Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 1998.
Ryan Howard (34) 1B: Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 5th round of the 2001 amateur draft.
Chase Utley (35) 2B: Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1st round (15th pick) of the 2000 amateur draft
Andres Blanco (30) 2B/3B/SS March 31, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Cody Asche (24) 3B: Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 4th round of the 2011 amateur draft.
Domonic Brown (26) OF: Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 20th round of the 2006 amateur draft.
Marlon Byrd (36) OF: November 12, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Philadelphia Phillies. 2 YRs/$16 MIL – with a Vesting Option for 2016.
Ben Revere (26) CF: December 6, 2012: Traded by the Minnesota Twins to the Philadelphia Phillies for Trevor May (minors) and Vance Worley.
Trevor May (24) SP: Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 4th round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Vance Worley (26) P: Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 3rd round of the 2008 amateur draft.
John Mayberry JR. (30) OF: November 20, 2008: Traded by the Texas Rangers to the Philadelphia Phillies for Greg Golson.
Greg Golson (28) OF: Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1st round (21st pick) of the 2004 amateur draft.
Reid Brignac (28) UT: November 20, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Cesar Hernandez (24) PH/CF/2B: Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 2006.
Wil Nieves (36) C: December 5, 2013: Signed as a Free Agent with the Philadelphia Phillies. 1 YR/$1.125 MIL
Grady Sizemore (31) OF: June 24, 2014: Signed as a Free Agent with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Cameron Rupp (25) C: June 8, 2010: Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 3rd round of the 2010 amateur draft.
Freddy Galvis (24) SS/3B/2B: Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent in 2006.
Darin Ruf (28) OF: Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 20th round of the 2009 amateur draft.
Koyie Hill (35) C: March 17, 2014: Traded by the Washington Nationals to the Philadelphia Phillies for player to be named or cash
Jimmy Rollins (35) SS: Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2nd round of the 1996 amateur draft.
www.baseballreference.com – the source behind all roster transactions.
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