Phillies history: Top ten seasons by role players since 1980
2011 – John Mayberry, Jr.
The son of longtime major-league player John Mayberry, who was best known for his time with the Royals in the 1970s, John Mayberry Jr began his career with the Phillies as a 25-year old in 2009. He saw limited time over the first two seasons, appearing in just 50 games with the Phillies. Mayberry Jr had a chance to produce in 2011 and had the finest season of his career.
As a platoon player in the outfield and first base in 2011, Mayberry hit .273 with 17 doubles and 15 home runs in 267 at-bats. His batting average, slugging percentage, and OPS were never matched since. What appeared to be great promise for Mayberry fizzled out quickly. He hit only .245 the following season with 14 home runs in 441 at-bats.
More from That Balls Outta Here
- What can Philadelphia Phillies expect from Bryson Stott in 2023?
- 3 Reasons to get excited for Phillies’ Craig Kimbrel signing
- 11 Free-agent deals the Philadelphia Phillies wish fell through
- Phillies-Mets owners’ rivalry grows after shocking Carlos Correa deal
- Could Rich Hill become ‘Jamie Moyer 2.0’ in Phillies rotation?
After a continued decline in production in 2013 and 2014, Mayberry was out of Philadelphia. He played briefly for the Blue Jays in 2014 and batted only .164 in 110 at-bats for the Mets in 2015.
2015 – Andres Blanco
After some time with the Royals, Cubs, and Rangers over parts of six seasons from 2004-2011, Blanco had his most productive seasons with the Phillies. After hitting .277 in 47 at-bats with the club in 2014, Blanco became one of the top bench players in the Major Leagues the following season.
In 2015, Blanco played first base, second base, shortstop, third base and left field. On top of that, he was one of the top pinch hitters. At the plate, Blanco had a .292 average with 22 doubles, three triples, and seven home runs in only 233 at-bats. His .502 slugging percentage and .863 OPS were the best of his career.
Blanco had a solid season in 2016, hitting .250, but dropped to .192 in 2017. He was out of Philadelphia following the season and played in the Brewers and Braves organizations at the Triple-A level over the past two seasons.