It didn’t take long for a Phillies player to wear Mickey Moniak’s former No. 16.
The Philadelphia Phillies recently made four notable trade acquisitions, three of whose deals were finalized on Tuesday in advance of the 6 p.m. deadline.
The newest Phillies include infielder Edmundo Sosa (formerly of the St. Louis Cardinals), starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard and outfielder Brandon Marsh (Los Angeles Angels), as well as closer David Robertson (Chicago Cubs).
Their new uniform numbers respectively are as follows, according to Twitter user NumbersMLB: 33, 43, 16, and 30. Sosa previously was granted No. 30, however, he switched his uniform number to three digits higher — allowing Robertson to claim the even number.
Robertson wore No. 30 throughout almost the entirety of his 14-year career with the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, and even his first stint with the Phillies in 2019. The closer wore No. 37 with the Cubs this season, however, as No. 30 had belonged to left-handed pitcher Alec Mills since 2019.
The previous time a Phillies player wore Sosa’s new No. 33 was infielder/outfielder Brad Miller in 2019. Marsh’s No. 16 was previously worn this season by former top overall pick Mickey Moniak — who the Phillies dealt to the Los Angeles Angels for Syndergaard.
Nicknamed “Thor” — who will make his team debut in Thursday’s series opener against the Washington Nationals — Syndergaard’s No. 43 was last worn by right-handed reliever Heath Hembree in 2020. Here’s to hoping Syndergaard puts up much better numbers than Hembree after the Phillies acquired him from the Boston Red Sox two years ago — a 12.54 ERA and 2.357 WHIP ratio across 11 appearances and 9 1/3 innings.
Of the Phillies’ four trade deadline acquisitions, Robertson was the first to make his “team debut” in Wednesday’s 3-1 win — although, the right-hander previously pitched for the team three years ago before he went down with an early season-ending injury.
Now, the 2009 World Series champion looks to make it up to the organization after he put up just 6 2/3 innings during his two-year, $23 million contract. Considering Robertson shut down the Atlanta Braves in order in the ninth to earn his first save as a Phillie, so far so good.