Phillies Best Individual Seasons By Uniform Number (41 – 50)
43 – J.A. Happ (2009)
J.A. Happ was drafted by the Phillies in the third round of the 2004 MLB Draft out of Northwestern University. He made his Major League debut on June 30, 2007, allowing five earned runs on seven hits in four innings. It would be the only appearance with the Phillies all season.
The following season, Happ appeared in eight games, starting four for the World Series champions. Although a small sample size, Happ showed promise, going 1-0 with a 3.69 ERA, striking out 26 in 31 2/3 innings.
Happ made his mark in 2009 as a rookie for the National League champions. Appearing in 35 games with 23 starts, Happ posted a record of 12-4 with two shutouts and an ERA of 2.93 in 166 innings. His efforts were good enough for second place votes for NL Rookie of the Year.
On July 29, 2010, Happ was traded to the Astros along with Anthony Gose and Johnathan Villar for Roy Oswalt. After two seasons with the Astros, Happ was on the move again, this time to Toronto, where he was a 20-game winner in 2016.
Happ made his first All-Star appearance in 2018 and is currently pitching for the Yankees. He entered the 2020 season with 121 wins and 1497 strikeouts.
44 – Vicente Padilla (2002)
The Phillies acquired Vicente Padilla on July 26, 2000, along with Omar Daal, Nelson Figueroa, and Travis Lee in exchange for Curt Schilling. Padilla went an unimpressive 2-6 with a 5.35 ERA in 28 games out of the bullpen the remainder of the season.
Spending a good part of the 2001 season in the minor leagues, Padilla made 23 appearances in relief for the Phillies with significantly better results. He posted an ERA of 4.24, allowing just a single home run with 29 strikeouts in 34 innings.
Padilla made a quick ascent as a 24-year old in 2002. Entrenched in the starting rotation, Padilla made his first and only All-Star appearance. For the season, Padilla won 14 games in 32 starts with one shutout and an ERA of 3.28. In 206 innings, he allowed 198 hits and 53 walks, while striking out 128.
After another 14-win season in 2003, Padilla went just 16-19 in 47 starts in 2004 and 2005 combined. He was traded to the Rangers during the 2005 offseason. Padilla won 15 games in 2006 and 14 games in 2008, but had little other success the rest of his career with the Rangers, Dodgers and Red Sox. He retired in 2012 with a record of 108-91