Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Phillies Missing Links of the 1990s - #21 Joe Grahe

Joseph Milton Grahe

A workhorse reliever for the Angels in the early 1990s, Joe Grahe pitched 17 games for the Rockies in 1995 and then would spend the next three seasons trying to get back to the majors.  Between 1992 and 1994, Grahe appeared in at least 40 games with the Angels, notching a career high 21 saves in 1992.

Signed by the Phillies in February 1999, Grahe began the season with Double-A Reading before his 0.90 ERA in his first seven games earned him a promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  He pitched well for the Red Barons and when the Phillies shook up their bullpen in early July, Grahe got the call along with Steve Schrenk.  (Mike Grace was sent down and Yorkis Perez landed on the disabled list.)  Grahe appeared in five games in his first stint with the Phils, not allowing a run in four innings pitched.  After a brief demotion, Grahe was again recalled in late August, sticking around through the end of the season and used sparingly as a fifth starter and occasional reliever.

Grahe became a free agent following the 1999 season, but he'd resign with the Phillies.  He'd appear in just six minor league games in 2000 before his playing career came to an end.

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'1"  Weight:  196
Born:  August 14, 1967, West Palm Beach, FL
Drafted:  Drafted by the California Angels in the 2nd round of the 1989 amateur player draft.
Major League Teams:  California Angels 1990-1994; Colorado Rockies 1995; Phillies 1999
Professional Affiliations:  California Angels 1990-1994; Colorado Rockies 1995; Bangor Blue Ox (independent) 1997; Nashua Pride (independent) 1998; New York Yankees 1998; Phillies 1999-2000

Phillies Career
13 games, 5 starts, 1-4, 3.86 ERA, 32 2/3 innings, 16 strikeouts, 17 walks
Acquired:  Signed as a free agent formerly with the New York Yankees organization, February 2, 1999.
Debut:  July 3, 1999 - Pitched 2 shutout innings in a 21-8 blowout win against the Cubs, relieving Paul Byrd.  Struck out three and walked three.
Final Game:  October 1, 1999 - Started against the Expos and was chased after 1/3 inning having allowed five runs on six hits and a walk.
Departed:  Departed the Phillies organization at some point during or after the 2000 season.

1991 Donruss #737
1995 Topps #278
1999 Multi-Ad
Reading Phillies #6
2000 Q Cards Scranton/
Wilkes-Barre Red Barons #10
2 Grahe Baseball Cards in My Collection
1999 Multi-Ad Reading Phillies #6
2000 Q Cards Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons #10

Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1991 Donruss #737
First Topps Base Card:  1991 Topps #426
Last Mainstream Card:  1995 Topps #278
Other Notable Cards:  1991 Score #367, 1992 Topps #496, 1993 Topps #129, 1993 Upper Deck #290, 1994 Topps #691

Sources:  Baseball Reference and The Trading Card Database

Phillies Missing Links of the 1990s
1 Louie Meadows
2 Dave LaPoint
3 Darrin Chapin
4 Mickey Weston
5 Bob Wells
6 Tom Edens
7 Omar Olivares
10 Chuck Ricci
11 Dennis Springer
12 Manny Martinez
13 Rafael Quirico
14 Bronson Heflin
15 Glenn Dishman
16 Rob Butler
17 Mike Robertson
18 Matt Whiteside
19 Robert Dodd
20 Joel Bennett
21 Joe Grahe
22 Domingo Cedeno
23 Torey Lovullo

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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