No. 8: J.A. Happ
Similar to Worley, J.A. Happ had one solid season, but Happ also contributed throughout the 2009 playoffs and was part of the trade that fetched Roy Oswalt, which puts him higher up on the list at eighth.
Happ was one of the Phillies best and most consistent pitchers throughout the entirety of the 2009 campaign, despite making just one start in the playoffs.
In the regular season, Happ finished with a 12-4 record and an ERA just under three in 23 starts. He made just one start in the division series, but gave up three runs in just three innings and was relegated to relief duty the rest of the way.
Happ was very effective in his role as a reliever as he didn’t allow a single earned run in three appearances in the win over the Dodgers in the NLCS. He was also one of the rare players on this list to come up through the Phillies minor league system and to be rated as a high prospect.
After he was dealt to Houston, Happ was eventually traded to the Blue Jays, where he has found some success in recent years, after failing to make an impact in the Astros’ rotation.
Many Phillies fans were discussing the idea of bringing back Happ as a free agent, but that’s unlikely as he’s now a veteran looking to catch on with a contender and contribute in the back end of a rotation.
Next up we’ll take a look at the elder statesman of this list and one of the fan favorites from the World Series championship team in 2008.