Phillies Best Individual Seasons By Uniform Number (51 +)
56 – Geoff Geary (2006)
Geary was drafted by the Phillies in the 15th round of the MLB Draft in 1997. He spent nearly six seasons in the farm system before making his Major League debut on August 27, 2003. He appeared in just five games for the rest of the season, posting an ERA of 4.50 in six innings.
In 2004, Geary appeared in 33 games with the Phillies, but mostly struggled, allowing eight home runs in 44 2/3 innings, contributing to a 5.44 ERA. He improved considerably the following season, allowing under a hit per inning pitched with a respectable 3.72 ERA in 58 innings of work.
The 2006 season was Geary’s best in a Phillies uniform. A key member of the bullpen, he appeared in 81 games, going 7-1 with one save and a 2.96 ERA. In 91 innings, he allowed 103 hits but only four home runs and 20 walks.
Geary spent one more season with the Phillies before going to the Astros in the deal that brought Brad Lidge to Philadelphia. After a productive 2.53 ERA in 2008, Geary struggled in 2009 to an 8.10 ERA and played in the Rangers and Dodgers organizations in 2010 before retiring.
57 – Luis Garcia (2017)
Garcia spent five and a half years in the minor league before making his Major League debut with the Phillies on July 10, 2013. Although he allowed 23 walks in 31 1/3 innings, Garcia had a decent ERA of 3.73 in 24 appearances.
He dominated in Triple-A in 2014, saving 22 with an ERA of 0.96 but struggled with his control with the Phillies, leading to an ERA of 6.43 in 13 appearances. Garcia got his control issues straightened out for the most part in 2015 and pitched to a 3.51 ERA in 66 2/3 innings over 72 appearances.
After more struggles on the mound in 2016, Garcia put together his best Major League season in 2017. Despite a 2-5 record, Garcia struck out 60 and walked only 26 in 71 1/3 innings with an impressive ERA of 2.65 in 66 games.
Unfortunately, the inconsistency returned and Garcia’s 6.07 ERA in 2018 was his last chance in Philadelphia. Garcia pitched the 2019 season for the Angels and is now in the Texas Rangers’ organization.