Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s - #24 Kane Davis

Kane Thomas Davis
Relief Pitcher

On August 31, 2007, the Phillies found themselves just two games behind the Mets in the division and they needed a fresh arm for the bullpen.  Geoff Geary was sent down to the Triple-A Ottawa Lynx and Kane Davis took his place in the bullpen.  Since the 2000 season, Davis had pitched in parts of four seasons with the Indians, Brewers, Rockies and Mets, hitting a career high with 57 appearances for the 2001 Rockies.  With the Lynx, Davis had been a reliable reliever, making 41 appearances and tallying an impressive 3.06 ERA in 53 innings pitched.

He appeared in 11 games down the stretch for the Phillies, allowing runs in 4 of those 11 appearances pitching mostly in middle relief.  Left off the postseason roster, Davis was one of the first members of the 2007 club to depart, being granted free agency on October 19th.  He spend the next few seasons in the Blue Jays' minor league system, pitching in Korea and making a few stops in the independent Atlantic League.

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  194
Born:  June 25, 1975, Ripley, WV
Drafted:  Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 13th round of the 1993 amateur draft, June 3, 1993
Major League Teams:  Cleveland Indians 2000; Milwaukee Brewers 2000; Colorado Rockies 2001; New York Mets 2002; Milwaukee Brewers 2005; Phillies 2007
Professional Affiliations:  Pittsburgh Pirates 1993-1999; Cleveland Indians 2000; Milwaukee Brewers 2000; Colorado Rockies 2001; New York Mets 2002; Chicago Cubs 2003; Cleveland Indians 2004; Camden Riversharks 2004 (Atlantic); Milwaukee Brewers 2005; Somerset Patriots (Atlantic) 2006; Phillies 2007; Toronto Blue Jays 2008; Kia Tigers (Korea) 2008; Lancaster Barnstormers (Atlantic) 2009; Long Island Ducks (Atlantic) 2010

Phillies Career
11 games, all in relief, 0-1, 5.56 ERA over 11 1/3 innings, 17 hits, 8 walks, 10 strikeouts
Acquired:  December 4, 2006 - Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League.
Debut:  August 31, 2007 - Relieved Kyle Kendrick and pitched the final two innings in a 9-2 win over the Marlins in Miami.  Struck out Dan Uggla to end the 8th.
Final Game:  Setpember 23, 2007 - Started the 8th inning with the Nationals holding a 3-2 lead and allowed 2 more runs to score before being relieved by Clay Condrey.  Final batter faced was Wily Mo Pena, who singled to center.
Departed:  October 19, 2007 - Granted free agency and signed with the Toronto Blue Jays organization, December 26, 2007.

1 Davis Baseball Cards in My Collection
2007 Choice Ottawa Lynx #7

Complete Chachi Checklist
2007 Chachi #55
2008 Chachi Transactions #5

2000 Pacific Omega #187
2002 Upper Deck 40-Man #832
2007 Choice Ottawa Lynx #7
2007 Chachi #55
Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  2000 Pacific Omega #187 (with Valerio de los Santos)
First Topps Base Card:  N/A
Last Mainstream Card:  2002 Upper Deck 40-Man #832
Other Notable Cards:  1994 Classic Best Welland Pirates #7, 2001 Ultra #248 (with Paul Rigdon), 2003 Choice Camden Riversharks #5, 2010 Choice Long Island Ducks #2

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
24 Kane Davis

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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