How have the Phillies fared with drafting infielders in the past?
2000- Second Baseman Chase Utley, UCLA
Without question, the best first-round infield selection by the Phillies in the last 20 years, Chase Utley became an integral part of the 2008 World Series team after being selected 15th overall in 2000.
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Utley was called up to the Major Leagues in 2003 and his first Major League hit was a pinch-hit grand slam against the Colorado Rockies. This would be a sign of the greatness to come.
Utley played 12 seasons with the Phillies before being traded to the Dodgers in 2015. Utley is still with the Dodgers and is in his 15th season as a Major Leaguer.
To date, Utley has a career average of .275, 259 Home runs, 1025 RBI and 1097 runs.
Along with the World Series ring, Utley also had six All-Star appearances as a Phillie, while being arguably the best second baseman in all of baseball from 2005-2010.
This notion was evidenced by Sports Illustrated naming him the second baseman of the decade for the 2000’s.