Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hamels is Still Here; 5 More Non-Roster Invitees

2014 Topps #101
Can you feel the excitement?  Are you ready for the regular season to start so that the Phillies can claim their rightful place atop the N.L. East?  Can you sense the sarcasm with which I'm writing these words?

As we await the inevitable announcement of a Cole Hamels trade to the Red Sox or the Dodgers or the Cubs or a mystery team, let's take a look at five more players who will be joining the Phillies in Clearwater wearing uniform numbers in the 70s.

Player (position) - 2014 Organization - Last Major Baseball Card Appearance
1.  Andres Blanco (inf) - Phillies - 2007 Topps #659 (Royals)
2.  Brian Bogusevic (of) - Marlins - 2014 Topps #524 (Marlins)
3.  Russ Canzler (inf) - Yankees/Phillies - N/A
4.  Chase d'Arnaud (inf) - Pirates - 2012 Topps Heritage #323 (Pirates)
5.  Jeff Francoeur (of) - Padres - 2014 Topps Update #US-167 (Padres)
6.  John Hester (c) - Angels - 2010 Upper Deck #31 (Diamondbacks)
7.  Darin Mastroianni (of) - Twins/Blue Jays - 2013 Topps #528 (Twins)
8.  Xavier Paul (of) - Orioles/Diamondbacks - 2013 Topps Update #US-194 (Reds)
9.  Paul Clemens (rhp) - Astros - 2013 Panini Prizm #213 (Astros)
10.  Rene Garcia (c) - Astros - 2009 Bowman Prospects #BP81 (Astros)
11.  Koyie Hill (c) - Phillies - 2011 Topps Update #US13 (Cubs)
12.  Chris Nelson (inf) - Reds/Padres - 2014 Topps #101 (Angels)
13.  Cord Phelps (inf) - Orioles - N/A

The "Last Major Baseball Card Appearance" is fairly subjective.  In any instance where someone had multiple cards released, I'll list the base card that's the most obtainable in my estimation.

It's worth noting that Clemens is one of the top prospects from the Braves system that was traded to the Astros in July 2011 in the Michael Bourn deal.  Phelps has had a bunch of Tristar, Razor and Donruss/Playoff cards issued since 2008 but for this little exercise, I'm not counting those "pre-rookie" cards.

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