Monday, August 6, 2018

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s - #23 John Ennis

John Wayne Ennis
Relief/Starting Pitcher

The Phillies signed right-handed pitcher John Ennis in November 2006 and invited him to spring training the following February.  In need of a fresh bullpen arm in late August, the surprising Phillies recalled Ennis from the Triple-A Ottawa Lynx, where he had served well as both a relief and starting pitcher.  He made his Phillies debut on August 26th, pitching the final 3 innings of a 14-2 blow-out win against the Padres, earning a save in the process.  Two days later he was designated for assignment to make run for Adam Eaton who was returning from the disabled list.

Ennis passed through waivers, made one more appearance with the Lynx and was recalled following the September 1st roster expansion.  He'd appear in two more games for the Phillies that September, starting the September 8th contest against the Marlins, tossing four innings and allowing a home run.  Ennis returned as a spring training non-roster invitee in 2008, but those two games the prior September were to be his last in the majors.  After a brief stop in Korea, he came back to the Phillies and pitched for Lehigh Valley in 2009 and 2010 (1 game each year) and Reading in 2010 (18 games).

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'5"  Weight:  220
Born:  October 17, 1979, Montrose, CA
Drafted:  Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 14th round of the 1998 amateur draft, June 18, 1998
Major League Teams:  Atlanta Braves 2002; Detroit Tigers 2004; Phillies 2007
Professional Affiliations:  Atlanta Braves 1998-2003; Detroit Tigers 2003-2006; Phillies 2007-2008, 2009-2010; Samsung Lions (Korea) 2008

Phillies Career
3 games, 1 start, 0-0, 8.22 ERA over 7 2/3 innings, 12 hits, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts
Acquired:  November 10, 2006 - Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Detroit Tigers.
Debut:  August 26, 2007 - Relieved Kyle Kendrick and picked up a save with three innings of relief in a 14-2 win over the Padres.
Final Game:  Setpember 12, 2007 - Again relieved Kendrick, this time in a game the Rockies would eventually win 12-0.  Allowed 5 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks in 2/3 of an inning.
Departed:  August 6, 2008 - Released and signed with the Samsung Lions in Korea.

3 Ennis Baseball Cards in My Collection
2007 Choice Ottawa Lynx #9
2008 Multi-Ad Lehigh Valley IronPigs #7
2010 Multi-Ad Reading Phillies #10

Complete Chachi Checklist
2007 Chachi #53
2008 Chachi Transactions #6

2002 Upper Deck #506
2002 Topps Traded #T201
2007 Choice Ottawa
Lynx #9
2007 Chachi #53
2010 Multi-Ad
Reading Phillies #10
Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  2002 Upper Deck #506
First Topps Base Card:  2002 Topps Traded #T201
Last Mainstream Card:  2003 Topps Total #354
Other Notable Cards:  2002 Bowman Chrome #367, 2003 Donruss Team Heroes #43

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
13 Todd Jones
14 A.J. Hinch
15 Ramon Martinez
16 Matt Kata
17 Aquilino Lopez
18 Adam Bernero
19 Jose Hernandez
20 Randall Simon
21 Anderson Garcia
22 Russell Branyan
23 John Ennis

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.

1 comment:

Steve F. said...

Simmons and Ennis. One was drafted into the National Guard during Korea and left the Phillies only to return later. The other left the Phillies to play ball in Korea only to return later.

I think I have a spring training or BP jersey of this Ennis; I wish it was of the other one. Or maybe I don't have it--it was about $35 on eBay several years ago and I can't remember now if I pulled the trigger. It obviously doesn't get much use. I picked it solely because of the last name.