5. COLE HAMELS, Pitcher
Cole Hamels was the Phillies 1st Round pick at 17th overall in the 2002 MLB Draft. He made his debut in the 2006 season, and has been a regular member of the starting pitching rotation ever since.
For the last 7 seasons, from 2008-14, Hamels has made at least 30 starts every year. He has a 108-83 record in parts of 9 total Phillies seasons. He has allowed just 1,604 hits in 1,801.1 innings, with a 1,707-453 K/BB ratio.
Hamels has also been a 3x National League All-Star, and has finished in the top 8 of NL Cy Young Award voting four times. Perhaps as importantly as all of Cole Hamels regular season outstanding statistics was his postseason performance during the 2008 World Series winning drive.
Hamels won the Most Valuable Player awards in both the NLCS and the World Series that year, going 4-0 across five oustanding starting outings. Without his consistent, shutdown excellence in that postseason, the Phillies may well still only have one championship in their long history.
The man known as ‘Hollywood’ has been the key, homegrown piece to what was an incredible age of Phillies starting pitching that included fellow rotation mates like Brett Myers, Jamie Moyer, Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cliff Lee.
The last man standing of that group, and one of the final remaining Glory Era players, Hamels remains in the prime of his career. In the coming months and/or years, he will continue to add to his Phillies career resume, or he will yield key pieces to the next generation.