Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s - #12 Paul Abbott

Paul David Abbott
Starting Pitcher

At the start of the Phillies inaugural year playing in Citizens Bank Park, their starting pitching rotation consisted of Kevin Millwood, Randy Wolf, Vicente Padilla, Eric Milton and Brett Myers.  Padilla was the first to land on the disabled list in late May followed by Wolf in early June.  Due to the thin pitching available from the Triple-A Red Barons, the Phillies signed Paul Abbott on June 7th and gave him his first start on June 13th.  He had released been released by the Devil Rays.  For a month and a half, Abbott kept his spot in the rotation but his services were no longer needed when Padilla returned from the DL on August 10th.  Abbott was outrighted to the Red Barons, getting five starts in Triple-A.  He was released following the season, ending his 11-year big league career.

He started 10 games for the Phillies, allowing two runs or more in every start except his first.

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  185
Born:  September 15, 1967, Van Nuys, CA
Drafted:  Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 3rd round of the amateur player draft, June 3, 1985.
Major League Teams:  Minnesota Twins 1990-1992; Cleveland Indians 1993; Seattle Mariners 1998-2002; Kansas City Royals 2003; Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2004; Phillies 2004
Professional Affiliations:  Minnesota Twins 1985-1992; Cleveland Indians 1993; Kansas City Royals 1994; Chicago Cubs 1995; San Diego Padres 1996; Seattle Mariners 1997-2002; Arizona Diamondbacks 2003; Kansas City Royals 2003; Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2004; Phillies 2004

Phillies Career
10 games, all starts - 1-6, 6.24 ERA, 49 innings pitched, 31 walks, 21 strikeouts, 14 home runs
Acquired:  Signed as a free agent formerly with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, June 3, 2004.
Debut:  June 13, 2004 - Received a no decision in his first start, pitching five shutout innings and allowing just three hits.
Final Game:  August 7, 2004 - Earned a loss in his final start, pitching 5 2/3 innings and allowing four runs on five hits and nine walks.
Departed:  September 8, 2004 - Released.

1991 Donruss #639
1992 Topps #781
2000 Pacific Paramount #217
2004 Topps Total #669
1 Abbott Baseball Card in My Collection
2004 Topps Total #669

Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1991 Donruss #639
First Topps Base Card:  1992 Topps #781
Last Mainstream Card:  2004 Topps Total #669
Other Notable Cards:  1986 ProCards Kenosha Twins #1, 1991 Topps Debut '90 #1, 2000 Pacific Paramount #217, 2002 Topps Total #490

Sources:  Baseball Reference and The Trading Card Database

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s
1 Kirk Bullinger
2 Chris Pritchett
3 Bryan Ward
4 Mark Holzemer
5 Turner Ward
6 P.J. Forbes
7 Matt Walbeck
8 Kelly Stinnett
9 Valerio de los Santos
10 Josh Hancock
11 Brian Powell
12 Paul Abbott

This is a continuing series looking at those players who spent time with the Phillies but possess no baseball card proof of their time in Philadelphia.  In some cases, the First and Last Mainstream cards listed above have been subjectively chosen if multiple cards were released in that year.

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