An annual tradition on Beerleaguer, enjoy this unofficial list of former Phillies trying to make a good first, and in many cases, last impression beginning next week.
RHP Alfredo Simon, Baltimore; RHP Edwin Moreno, Boston; OF Josh Kroeger, White Sox; LHP Bruce Chen, Kansas City; RHP Francisco Rosario, Kansas City; RHP Zach Segovia, Yankees; LHP Cedrick Bowers, Oakland; INF Adrian Cardenas, Oakland; OF Michael Taylor, Oakland; RHP Mike Koplove, Seattle; INF Chris Woodward, Seattle; LHP R.J. Swindle, Tampa Bay; RHP Geoff Geary, Texas; INF Ray Olmedo, Texas; RHP Kyle Drabek, Toronto; RHP Steven Register, Toronto; C Travis d’Arnaud, Toronto; INF Jesus Merchan, Toronto; OF Jorge Padilla, Toronto; RHP Rodrigo Lopez, Arizona; INF Joe Thurston, Atlanta; OF Bobby Scales, Cubs; RHP Justin Lehr, Cincinnati; INF Miguel Cairo, Cincinnati; RHP Derrick Turnbow, Florida; LHP Gustavo Chacin, Houston; RHP Gary Majewski, Houston; RHP Justin Miller, Dodgers; OF Michael Restovich, Dodgers; LHP Travis Blackley, Mets; LHP Bobby Livingston, Mets; INF Mike Cervenak, Mets; LHP Jack Taschner, Pirates; OF Matt Stairs, San Diego; INF Eric Bruntlett, Nationals.
Beerleaguer: Quick note: Not everyone on this list took the field for the Phillies or their affiliates, like Restovich, for example, signed a minor league deal then opted for Japan. I know I’m missing someone, too; Brian Smith from the Reading Eagle mentioned who it was the other day, but I forgot his name; someone who was in the low minors. See if you can find him [Link]
From a Phillies standpoint, Gas Can is perhaps the most accomplished ex-member of the hometown nine, spending parts of five seasons with the club. He’s battling to keep his head above water these days, but for a time, the no-stuff right-hander did more with less until his command started to fail him in 2007 and he was demoted (when Geary was bad, he was brutal to watch). He had a pretty decent season for Houston two years ago, but found himself back in the minors in ’09, followed by time on the DL.
One of the more interesting names on this list is right-hander Justin Lehr, who began '09 as Lehigh Valley roster fill and was sold to the Reds mid-season. He ended up starting 11 games in place of another ex-Phillie, Matt Maloney, and pitched quite well. He’s in the hunt for Cincinnati’s fifth-starter job this spring.
Update: Brian Smith says I'm missing three: RHP Jean Machi (Pittsburgh), who pitched for Batavia in the New York Penn League in 2003, C Adam Donachie (Baltimore), who was the Rule 5 pick the Phils traded to Baltimore for Alfredo Simon, and C Michael Hernandez (Baltimore) who caught for Scranton at some point. Good to know someone has a worse sickness than I do.