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12/29/22 : A Few Birthday Numbers

Updated: Dec 31, 2022


Today is my 63rd birthday so I thought I’d spend a portion of the day doing what I normally do - think and write about Phillies baseball 🤓.   I share the December 29th date of birth with former Phillies Odubel Herrera, Tomas Perez, Tom Jacquez, Scott Ruffcorn and former Phillies Bullpen Coach Rod Nichols as well as current minor league coach and Phillies legend Roly DeArmas - I knew I liked all of them fellas for a reason 🤓.


So as I’ve now added another year to the register and while my “researcher” tools are still relatively sharp here’s a look at some numbers for the current Phillies 40 man roster - when they initially became professional baseball players and their current age - just for fun.


Year initially Signed a Pro Contract :


2009 - 2

2010 - 4

2011 - 1

2012 - 5

2013 - 1

2014 - 7

2015 - 7

2016 - 4

2017 - 3

2018 - 5

2019 - 1


Initially signed by whom :


Phillies - 17

Yankees - 3

Rays - 3

Mariners - 3

Giants - 2

Marlins - 1

Tigers - 1

Nationals - 1

Royals - 1

Cardinals - 1

Rangers - 1

Padres - 1

Cubs - 1

Twins - 1

Astros - 1

Red Sox - 1

Angels - 1


How initially signed :


International Free Agent - 10

Draft - 1st round - 8

Draft - C-A Round - 2

Draft - 2nd round - 1

Draft - 3rd round - 1

Draft - 4th round - 2

Draft - 5th round - 4

Draft - 6th round - 2

Draft - 7th round - 1

Draft - 8th round - 2

Draft - 10th round - 1

Draft -  12th round - 2

Draft - 14th round - 1

Draft - 21st round - 1

Draft - 24th round - 1

Draft - 32nd round - 1


The current 40 man roster of players by year they signed first contracts : ( doesn’t include any “un-officially” announced recent signings )


Signed first pro contract in 2009 :


RHP Andrew Bellatti - 31 years old - 12th round draft selection - Rays - # 379 overall

RHP Zack Wheeler - 32 years old - 1st round draft selection - Giants  - # 6 overall


Signed first pro contract in 2010 :


RHP Taijuan Walker - 30 years old - C-A round draft selection - Mariners - # 43 overall

C JT Realmuto - 31 years old - 3rd round draft selection - Marlins  - # 104 overall

OF Nick Castellanos - 30 years old - C-A round draft selection - Tigers - # 44 overall

OF Bryce Harper - 30 years old - 1st round draft selection - Nationals - # 1 overall


Signed first pro contract in 2011 :


OF Jake Cave - 30 years old - 6th round draft selection - Yankees  - # 209 overall


Signed first pro contract in 2012 :


LHP Jose Alvarado - 27 years old - signed by Rays as an international free agent - 3/13/12

RHP Seranthony Dominguez - 28 years old - signed by Phillies as an international free agent - 5/31/12

LHP Matt Strahm - 31 years old - 21st round draft selection - Royals - # 643 overall

LHP Ranger Suarez - 27 years old - signed by Phillies as an international free agent - 4/1/12

INF Edmundo Sosa - 26 years old - signed by Cardinals as an international free agent - 7/2/12


Signed first pro contract in 2013 :


LHP Christopher Sanchez - 26 years old - signed by Rays as an international free agent - 7/15/13


Signed first pro contract in 2014 :


RHP Sam Coonrad - 30 years old - 5th round draft selection - Giants - # 148 overall

RHP Vinny Nittoli - 32 years old - 24th round draft selection - Mariners - # 741 overall

RHP Aaron Nola - 29 years old - 1st round draft selection - Phillies - # 7 overall

RHP Luis Ortiz - 27 years old - 1st round draft selection - Rangers - # 30 overall

1B Rhys Hoskins - 29 years old - 5th round draft selection - Phillies - # 142 overall

SS Trea Turner - 29 years old - 1st round draft selection - Padres - # 13 overall

OF Kyle Schwarber - 29 years old - 1st round draft selection - Cubs - # 4 overall


Signed first pro contract in 2015 :


LHP Bailey Falter - 25 years old - 5th round draft selection - Phillies - # 144 overall

LHP Andrew Vasquez - 29 years old - 32nd round draft selection - Twins - # 950 overall

C Rafael Marchan - 23 years old - signed by Phillies as an international free agent - 7/3/15

C Donny Sands - 26 years old - 8th round draft selection - Yankees - # 243 overall

C Garrett Stubbs - 26 years old - 8th round draft selection - Astros  - # 229 overall

OF Simon Muzziotti - 24 years old - signed by Red Sox as an international free agent - 7/2/15

OF Jhailyn Ortiz - 24 years old - signed by Phillies as an international free agent - 7/10/15


Signed first pro contract in 2016 :


RHP Francisco Morales - 23 years old - signed by Phillies as an international free agent - 7/2/16

RHP Nick Nelson - 27 years old - 4th round draft selection - Yankees - # 128 overall

1B Darick Hall - 27 years old - 14th round draft selection - Phillies - # 407 overall

OF Brandon Marsh - 25 years old - 2nd round draft selection - Angels  - # 60 overall


Signed first pro contract in 2017 :


RHP Connor Brogdon - 27 years old - 10th round draft choice - Phillies - #293 overall

UTL Dalton Guthrie - 27 years old - 6th  round draft selection - Phillies - # 173 overall

INF Nick Maton - 25 years old - 7th round draft selection - Phillies  - # 203 overall


Signed first pro contract in 2018 :


RHP James McArthur - 26 years old - 12th  round draft choice - Phillies - #347 overall

LHP Michael Plassmeyer -26 years old - 4th round draft selection - Mariners - # 118 overall

3B Alec Bohm - 26 years old - 1st round draft selection - Phillies - # 3 overall

OF Johan Rojas - 22 years old - signed by Phillies as an international free agent - 1/18/18

OF Matt Vierling - 26 years old - 5th round draft selection - Phillies - # 137 overall


Signed first pro contract in 2019 :


2B Bryson Stott - 25 years old - 1st round draft selection - Phillies - # 14 overall


Just some data from an old accountant on his birthday 🎂 🧐


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️




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