How have the Phillies fared with drafting infielders in the past?
1998 – Third Baseman Pat Burrell, University of Miami
Another important first-round pick to the 2008 World Series team, Burrell was taken first overall out of the University of Miami. Burrell was called up to the Major Leagues in 2000 and played with the Phillies through 2008.
While Burrell faced much criticism for not living up to the enormous hype that surrounds a first overall pick, Burrell still played an important role for the 2008 team and had a solid career as a Phillie.
After the 2008 season, Burrell signed with the Tampa Bay Rays, before being designated for assignment in 2010, and then signing with the Giants. Burrell and the Giants went on to beat the Phillies in the NLCS in 2010, and win the World Series giving Burrell his second World Series ring.
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Burrell retired after the 2011 season and was later inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame in 2015. He retired with a career average of .253, 292 home runs, 976 RBI, and 767 runs in 5503 career at-bats.