Ryan James Howard… Married Krystle Campbell (12/2/12); has one son, Darian Alexander (1/26/01) and one daughter, Ariana Grace (11/13/14)… 1998 graduate of Lafayette High School (MO)… Attended Southwest Missouri State University… Played American Legion ball… 2007 recipient of the John Wanamaker Athletic Award… Has actively supported the Police Athletic League (PAL) of Philadelphia by visiting PAL Centers, hosting fundraisers and supporting the renovation of PAL youth baseball fields while also meeting with PAL children during the season as part of his Howard's Sluggers charitable ticket program… Made a personal $10,000 donation to PAL in 2007 and headlined a fundraising event which raised more than $50,000… Is a member of the Philadelphia Action Team, a national youth volunteer initiative administered by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America… Supports disadvantaged youth, focusing on enhancing local educational and athletic programming… In 2010, committed $150,000 to the Hunting Park Revitalization Project in North Philadelphia toward new baseball fields… In 2011, had $1.2 million in athletic apparel and equipment donated from Adidas to the School District of Philadelphia and was honored as the Phillies Community Service Award recipient and Roberto Clemente Award nominee… With wife Krystle, started the Ryan Howard Big Piece Foundation in 2013, which is dedicated to improving the lives of children by promoting academic and athletic development… The foundation's signature program is the Ryan Howard Reading Challenge, a K-3 literacy-based program to engage students in reading… In 2015, the Howards released Little Rhino, a baseball-themed children's book series… In an effort to support youth baseball and education in Philadelphia for years to come, Ryan made a significant monetary commitment towards the construction of the Phillies MLB Urban Youth Academy, which includes plans for an indoor baseball/softball facility as well as elements of his foundation's signature reading program in the educational curriculum… Participates in granting wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation… Was elected to the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame in 2011… Hobbies: Hanging out with his wife and kids, being with friends, cars and baseball… Signed by: Jerry Lafferty.
Made his ninth career Opening Day start for the Phillies (2006-11, 2013-15)...Led the team in HR (23), RBI (77), XBH (53) and T-1st in total bases (207)...T-9th in the NL in go-ahead RBI (24)...Posted his ninth career 20-HR season, which is 2nd-most in Phillies history behind only Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt (14)...Played his 1,299th career game at first base, 5/1 at MIA, which moved him past Fred Luderus for the most on the Phillies all-time list...Hit his 250th career double, 6/2 vs CIN...Slugged his 350th career HR, 7/19 vs MIA (Dan Haren)...Had a career-worst 0-for-35 hitless streak, 8/29-9/11; it was the longest hitless streak by a Phillie since 2011, when Raúl Ibañez also went 0-for-35...Left the game, 9/14 vs WSH, after the seventh inning with a left knee contusion and did not play for the remainder of the season...Batted .327 (17-52) with RISP from 7/11 through the remainder of his season...Finished the season with the following all-time Phillies rankings: second in HR (357) & RBI (1,135), fourth in XBH (645) & SLG % (.519), fifth in SF (52), sixth in total bases (2,790) and eighth in walks (682)
Made his eighth Opening Day start for the Phillies (2006-11, 2013-14)... Finished fourth in the NL in RBI (95), T-5th in go-ahead RBI (28) and 6th in RBI ratio (5.99)... Had his 28-game home on-base streak (.389 OBP) end on 5/4 vs WSH (0-3)... Posted his eighth season of at least 20 HR over the last 10 years (2005-14)... T-1st in the NL (T-2nd in MLB) with 32 RBI vs LHP and second in HR vs LHP (10)... 14 of his 23 HR (61%) were hit with a runner on base... Led the team with three walk-off hits: 5/28 vs COL (9th-inning HR), 8/5 vs HOU (15th-inning single) and 8/10 vs NYM (9th-inning single)... Reached 1,000 career RBI, 5/31 vs NYM (3-run HR)... Slugged his 13th career grand slam, 8/7 vs HOU (Tony Sipp), adding to his franchise record... Finished the season with 1,278 career games at first base, second-most in Phillies history behind Fred Luderus (1,298)
Made his 7th Opening Day start for the Phillies (2006-11, 2013)... T-10th in the NL in SF (6)... Batted .324 (12-37) vs LHP over a 19-game stretch, 4/13-5/22; prior to that stretch was 0-for-13 and after it went 2-for-31 (.065)... Missed 2 games with soreness in his right groin, 4/19-20... Missed 2 games due to soreness in his left knee, 5/19-20... Had his 29th career multi-HR game, 6/22 vs NYM... Was on DL, 7/6 through the remainder of the season (left knee inflammation)... Batted .308 (24-78), 4 2B, 3B, 4 HR, 13 RBI in his final 22 games... From 4/25 through the remainder of his season, hit .321 (18-56) with RISP... Made 1 error in 76 games (.998 fielding %)... The Phillies went 9-1 (.900) when he homered
Began the season on the 15-day DL recovering fromoffseason surgery on his left Achilles... Played in a combined 7 rehab games betweenLakewood (A) and Lehigh Valley (AAA)... Was activated on 7/6 and went 2-for-4, 2B that night vs ATL... His 22 RBI in August were T-3rd in the NL; T-2nd in go-ahead RBI (8) in August... Collected his 900th career RBI, 9/2 at ATL... Homered in 4 straight games, 9/19-22 (9 RBI)... Hit a 9th-inning, 2-out, 2-run HR to give the Phillies a 3-2lead, 9/19 at NYM (Josh Edgin)... Slugged his 12th career grand slam, 9/20 at NYM (JoshEdgin), extending his franchise record... His final HR of the season was the 300th of his career,9/22 vs ATL (Mike Minor)... Did not start the final 6 games of the season afterbreaking the big toe on his right foot, 9/27 vs WSH,when he dropped a weight on it in the on-deck circle... Batted .329 (24-73) with RISP... Did not commit an error in his final 34 games of theseason... Had 46 RBI in his final 47 games, giving him the 3rd-most RBI among all MLB players from 8/7 through theremainder of the season (Chase Headley - 55; MiguelCabrera - 47).
Ranked 1st in MLB in go-ahead RBI (38) & game-winning RBI (23); NL rankings: 3rd in RBI (116) & RBI ratio (4.80), 4th in pitches/PA (4.13), T-4th in IBB (16), T-5th in 4-hitgames (3), T-6th in HR (33), 7th in walks (75) and 8th in HR ratio (16.88)...Finished 10th in NL MVP balloting with 39 total points...Made his 6th consecutive Opening Day start...Had his 6th straight 30-HR/100-RBI season, extendinghis own club record...Set a club record for most consecutive 100-RBI seasons(had been tied with Hall of Famer Chuck Klein)...Set a Phillies record for most RBI in April (27); previousrecord of 24 was done by Pat Burrell in April 2008...Played 65 games into the season without making anerror (633 TC), his longest streak to start a season; datingto the 2010 season, played 71 straight games without anerror, the best streak of his career (previous longeststreak was 44 games . 2008-09)...Committed the fewest errors (9) of any of his full MLBseasons...Slugged his 260th career HR, 5/7 vs ATL, to pass DelEnnis for sole possession of 2nd place in Phillies history...Collected his 800th RBI, 6/12 vs CHI (Sean Marshall)...Got his 1,000th career hit, 7/30 at PIT (RBI double offJames McDonald)...Hit his 1st HR of the season vs a LHP, 8/3 at COL (RexBrothers), snapping his 155-AB homerless streak vs LHP...Missed 6 games, 9/18-22, after getting an injection torelieve pain in his left heel...Had 3 multi-HR games to bring his career total to 28,2nd-most in Phillies history behind Hall of Famer MikeSchmidt (44)...Batted .298 (48-161) with RISP, including .359 (28-78) onthe road...Slugged a 3-run, go-ahead HR in Game 1 of the NLDS(Kyle Lohse) and had 4 RBI, 10/1 vs STL...Hit a 1st-inning, 2-run single in Game 2 of the NLDS,10/2 vs STL...Tied his own franchise record for most RBI (6) in aDivision Series (2009)...Had surgery on his left Achilles, 10/12 (Dr. Mark Myerson)
Named to his 3rd NL All-Star team and was thestarting DH ... Finished 10th in NL MVP voting ... Ranked 4th in the NL in RBI (108), 5th in RBI ratio (5.09), 7th in HR ratio (17.74), T-7th in IBB (11), T-8th in HR (31) ... Had the 2nd-most RBI vs LHP (39) among NL players, trailing only COLfs Carlos Gonzalez; T-3rd in HR vsLHP (12) ... Set a Phillies record for most consecutive 30-HR/100-RBIseasons (5) and tied Hall of Famer Chuck Klein (1929-33)for most consecutive seasons (5) with 100 or more RBI ... Finished the season with 253 career HR, 3rd-most inPhillies history ... Became only the 3rd Phillie since 1952 to homer in thefirst 2 games of the season, joining Scott Rolen (2000)and Mike Schmidt (1988-89) ... Went 65 consecutive at-bats without a HR, 4/10-28, thelongest streak of his career (previous high was 57 AB,done twice . 2007 and 2009) ... Became the fastest player in MLB history to 250 HR,9/8 vs FLA, his 855th career game, beating RalphKinerfs record (871 G) ... Was the only MLB player to have 2 games with 6 ormore RBI, 5/17 vs PIT and 9/8 vs FLA; since 1920, whenbaseball began tracking RBI, the only other Phillies tohave two 6-RBI games in one season were Cy Williamsin 1927 and Pete Incaviglia in 1996 ... Set a single-game high with 4 XBH and tied his singlegamehigh with 13 total bases, 6/18 vs MIN; the 13total bases (2B, 3B, 2 HR) was the 2nd-highest singlegametotal in Phillies history, trailing Hall of FamerMike Schmidt (17 TB, 4/17/76 at CHI . 4 HR, 1B) ... Hit his 4th career walk-off HR, 7/9 vs CIN (ArthurRhodes) ... Named NL Player of the Week, 7/12-18 (.400, 6-15,4 HR, 8 RBI) ... Collected his 900th career hit, 9/28 vs WSH, to becomethe 4th Phillie in franchise history to have 900 hits and250 HR, joining Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt(2,234/548), Del Ennis (1,812/259) and Pat Burrell(1,166/251) ... Missed 16 games while on the DL with a left anklesprain (8/2-20); made 1 rehab start with Lakewood (A),8/20, and set the BlueClaws franchise record for RBIwith 92, passing Randy Ruiz and Travis Mattair ... Had 9 hits in his final 22 at-bats (.409) with RISP;overall, batted .275 (44-160) with RISP ... Batted .307 (31-101), 8 HR, 27 RBI vs LHP after 6/17;had hit .217 (20-92), 4 HR, 13 RBI prior to that ... The Phillies went 20-9 (.690) when he homered ... Won his 3rd Mike Schmidt Most Valuable Player Award,as voted by the Philadelphia chapter of the BBWAA
Tied for the MLB lead in RBI (141 - MIL's Prince Fielder), ranked 1st in go-ahead RBI (43), 2nd in XBH (86), T-2nd in game-winning RBI (22), 3rd in HR (45) and total bases (352) and 5th in SLG % (.571)...Among NL players, T-2nd in games (160) and finished 5th in runs (105) and at-bats (616)...Named to 2nd All-Star team...Set career highs in doubles (37) and SB (8) and tied intriples (4)...Finished the season with 222 career HR, 6th-most inPhillies history...Became the 4th player in ML history with 4 straight40 HR/130 RBI seasons, joining Hall of Famer BabeRuth (7), Ken Griffey Jr. (4) and Sammy Sosa (4)...Became the fastest player in ML history to reach 200HR (658 G), 7/16 at FLA (Chris Volstad), beating RalphKiner's previous record (706 G)...Collected his 500th career RBI and 300th careerdouble, 4/8 vs ATL in his 575th career game, becomingthe first player to reach 500 RBI in 575 games or lesssince Hall of Famer Ted Williams reached 500 RBI in his569th career game on 9/3/42...Became just the 2nd player in Phillies history to have 2grand slams in his first 25 games of the season (RussWrightstone - 1927)...Slugged 3 grand slams to give him 8 for his career, theall-time Phillies record, passing Hall of Famer MikeSchmidt...Named NL Co-Player of the Week, 5/25-31 (.333, 8-24,2 2B, 3B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 1.000 SLG %)...Had his consecutive-games played streak snapped at343 on 6/21; at the time it ended, it was the longeststreak in the major leagues and longest by a Philliesince Pete Rose played in 717 consecutive games,4/6/79-8/23/83...Hit his 5th career pinch HR, 6/20 vs BAL, to T-8th onthe Phils' all-time list with Greg Dobbs, Gene Freeseand Bill Nicholson...Reached 600 career RBI in his 693rd career game, 8/24at NYM, becoming the fastest player to do so since1946, when Ted Williams collected his 600th career RBIin his 675th career game...Named NL Player of the Month for August (.299, 11 HR,33 RBI, .682 SLG %); tied for the MLB lead in RBI (LAA'sKendry Morales)...Had 6 multi-HR games, bringing his career total to 23,T-2nd in Phillies history with Hall of Famer Chuck Klein...Batted .316 (60-190), 19 HR, 59 RBI in his final 50games of the season...Had 7 hits in his last 14 at-bats (.500) vs LHP and 6 hitsin his last 13 at-bats (.462) with RISP...Had a hit and an RBI in his first 8 postseason games...Set a club record for most RBI in one postseason (15)...Set a ML record by collecting an RBI in 8 straightgames in 1 postseason and tied Hall of Famer LouGehrig's record of 8 consecutive postseason games(Gehrig did it over 2 seasons); NYY's Alex Rodriguezalso had an 8-game RBI streak, done over the 2007 and2009 postseasons
Finished 2nd in NL MVP voting by the BBWAA (12 first-place votes/308 points)...Led all ML players in HR (48) and RBI (146); also led allML players in opposite-field HR (22)...Led the NL in go-ahead RBI (35), HR ratio (12.7) and RBIratio (4.2), T-1st in games (162), 4th in total bases (331),T-5th in extra-base hits (78), 6th in SLG % (.543) andIBB (17), 7th in RISP AVG (.320), T-8th in game-winningRBI (15) and 9th in runs (105)...Hit 14 HR vs LHP, 3rd-most among all ML players and49 RBI, 2nd-most...Set career highs in games, at-bats (610), triples (4) andruns and tied his career high in doubles (26)...1st ML player in 60 years to lead his league in HR & RBIat the All-Star break and not make the All-Star team(Hank Sauer - 1948 Reds)...1st NL player to have 3 straight 130-RBI seasons sinceSammy Sosa had 4 straight, 1998-2001 (last ML playerwas David Ortiz, 2004-06)...Set the Phillies' all-time record of most RBI before theAll-Star break (84); Greg Luzinski had the previousrecord with 79 in 1975...Became only the 2nd player in Phillies history with 3consecutive 30 HR/100 RBI seasons (Chuck Klein, 4straight, 1929-32)...Hit his 150th career HR, 7/2 at ATL, becoming thefastest player in MLB history to 150 HR (495 games),breaking the mark previously held by Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews (569 games)...Batted .320 (56-175) with RISP, including 10 hits in hisfinal 20 at-bats (.500)...Hit .395 (17-43), 2 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 17 RBI vs LHP, 8/27through the remainder of the season; .186 (36-194), 8HR, 32 RBI prior to that...Tied his career best with a 14-game hitting streak(.357, 20-56, 9 HR, 19 RBI), 6/27-7/11...Had 5 multi-HR games, bringing his career total to 17;is tied with Luzinski for 5th place in Phillies history...Had 24 RBI in 18 games vs ATL, the highest RBI totalagainst ATL in one season since 1977, when Ron Cey,Dan Driessen and George Foster each had 25 RBI; had21 RBI in 18 games vs ATL in 2007, making him the 1stplayer with 20 or more RBI vs ATL in 2 consecutiveseasons since Ernie Banks did it over the 1958 (20)and 1959 (24) seasons...Named NL Player of the Month for September for the2nd consecutive season (.352, 7 2B, 2 3B, 11 HR, 32 RBI,.852 SLG %)...Set a Phillies record for most RBI in September (32)...25 of his final 40 hits were for extra bases (9 doubles,2 triples, 14 HR)...Had 32 SO in his final 129 at-bats (24.8%) after having167 SO in his first 481 at-bats (34.7%)...Ended the season with 277 consecutive games played,the longest streak among active players...Slugged 2 HR and had 5 RBI in Game 4 of the WorldSeries, 10/26 vs TB; the 5 RBI tied a Phillies record formost in a WS game (Milt Thompson, Game 4, 10/20/93vs TOR).
Led the NL in HR ratio (11.26) and RBI ratio (3.89), finished 2nd in HR (47), RBI (136) and IBB (35), 4th in BB (107),T-4th in go-ahead RBI (31) and 5th in SLG % (.584)... Led all MLB players in HR vs LHP (16) for the 2nd straight year and T-1st in RBI (46 - Jeff Francoeur)... Led all NL players in HR on the road (24 - 2nd in MLB) and ledall MLB players in RBI on the road (80)... Led the NL in HR (26,T-1st in MLB) and RBI (69,T-2nd in MLB) after the All-Star break...Became the 4th player in Phillies history to have back-to-back 40-HR seasons, joining Hall of Famers Chuck Klein (1929-30)and Mike Schmidt (1979-80) and Jim Thome (2003-04)... Missed 3 games with a left tib-fib sprain, 4/19-21... Hit a pinch-hitgrand slam, 5/9 at ARI, to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead (17th in Phillies history); his 4th career pinch HR and 4th career grandslam... Was on the DL, 5/10-25 (left quadriceps strain); played 2 rehab games with Lakewood (A) before being activated...Named NL Player of the Week, 7/16-22 (.500, 11-22, 2B, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 10 BB, .636 OBP, 1.227 SLG %)... Hit two 2-run walk-off HR:7/25 vs WSH (Chris Booker) in the 14th inning and 8/28 vs NYM in the 10th inning (Guillermo Mota)... Got his 1st career stolenbase, 8/21 vs LAD... Homered in his final 4 games of the season and had 11 RBI in his final 6 games... Had 5 multi-HR games;Phillies went 5-0 in those games... Won NL Player of the Week honors for the final week of the season, 9/24-30 (.380, 5 HR, 11RBI, 1.095 SLG %).
Won the NL MVP in just his first full season in the major leagues...Became the 2nd player in MLBhistory to win Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in back-to-back seasons (Cal Ripken Jr - 1982-83)...Set the Phillies single-season records for HR (58) and IBB (37)...Tied the Philadelphia MLB record for HR in a season;Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx hit 58 for the 1932 Philadelphia A's...Led the team in average (.313), HR and RBI (149), becomingthe 1st Phillie since John Kruk in 1991 to lead the club in all 3 categories...Set an ML record for most HR by a sophomoreplayer and an NL record for most RBI by a sophomore...Became the 23rdplayer in MLB history to hit 50 HR in a season and hit the most by any playersince 2001, when Barry Bonds set the ML record with 73...Led all ML playersin HR, RBI, total bases (383), HR ratio (10.02) and times on base (299)...Among NL players, finished 1st in RBI ratio (3.9), 2nd in slugging % (.659) andintentional walks (37), T-2nd in extra-base hits (84) and go-ahead RBI (33), T-3rd in game-winning RBI (16), 4th in walks (108) and OBP (.425), T-6th inmulti-hit games (58) and 8th in batting average and plate appearances(704)...Led all MLB players in HR at home (29) and led all NL players in roadHR (29), tying club records in both categories...Also led all MLB players inHR (16) and RBI (45) vs LHP...His RBI total was 3rd-highest in Phillies history,behind only Hall of Famer Chuck Klein (170 in 1930) and Sam Thompson(165 in 1895) and set a club record for 1st basemen...Selected as a reservefor the NL All-Star team (0-1); his first career selection...Won the Century 21Home Run Derby, 7/10 at PIT...Set a Phillies spring training record (and ledall ML players) with 11 HR, breaking Dick Allen's previous club record of 9 in1964...Also led the majors in RBI (23) and total bases (64) and tied for thelead in hits (29)...Homered on Opening Day...Reached 60 RBI in 71 team games, becoming the fastest Phillie to 60 RBIsince Mike Schmidt in 1981 (70 team games)...Had his 1st career multi-HR game, 4/23 vs FLA; his 1st of the day wasestimated at 496', the longest HR ever hit at Citizens Bank Park...Hit a game-tying pinch HR in the 8th inning and a gamewinningHR in the 12th inning, 5/14 at CIN, becoming just the 4th player in MLB history to hit a pinch HR and extra-inningHR in the same game (others: Jeff Heath in 1949;Del Rice in 1961; Jeff Bagwell in 1992)...Was the first Phillie to have 12 HRin the first 37 games of a season since Mike Schmidt in 1987 (12 HR in 32 games)...Had 49 HR in his first 176 career games,the most among all active players...In the last 28 years, the only player to have a better ratio was Mark McGwire, who had55 HR in his first 176 games (1986-88)...Led all major league players in HR (13) in May and tied for the ML lead in RBI (35)...Had a career-high 7 RBI, 6/20 vs NYY, falling one short of the club recordand becoming the first Phillie to do it since RHP Robert Person, 6/2/02 vsMTL...Tied an NL record with 5 BB in one game, 7/20 vs FLA (gm 1)...Named NL Player of the Month for August after leading all ML players with14 HR, 41 RBI and 84 total bases for the month; it was the most RBI by anML player in any month since July 1962,when Frank Howard had 41 RBI forthe Dodgers...Had a career-best 14-game hitting streak, 8/22-9/4 (.458,22-48, 10 HR, 23 RBI)...Homered in a career-best 4 straight games, 8/25-29...Slugged his 3rd career grand slam, 8/26 at NYM (Oliver Perez)...Became the 17th Phillie in club history to hit 3 HR in a game, 9/3 vs ATL (alloff Tim Hudson); 1st Phillie to do it since Mike Lieberthal, 8/10/02 at LAD...Reached base safely in 11 consecutive plate appearances, 9/8-10 (3 1B, 22B, 2 HR, 4 BB)...Tied a Phillies single-season record with his 7th multi-HRgame of the season, 9/8 at FLA (Dick Allen - 1968)...Won NL Player of theMonth honors for September (.387, 9 HR, 20 RBI, 35 BB, .561 OBP, .763 SLG),becoming the first player in club history to win the award in back-to-backmonths...Set a club record by homering in 16 of the 19 parks he played in (exceptions: Fenway Park,Miller Park and PNCPark)...28 of his 58 HR either tied the game or gave the Phillies the lead (5 tied/23 gave a lead)...Phillies went 32-18 (.640)when he homered...Had the 3rd-most hits (182) of any Phillie that hit 40 HR in a season, behind Klein's 1930 (250 H, 40 HR)and 1929 (219 H, 43 HR) seasons...Hit 9 HR vs FLA, most by one player in one season in FLA club history...Was part of 139double plays, falling 3 shy of the club record (Eddie Waitkus - 1950).
Voted the NL Rookie of the Year by the BBWAA...Fourth Phillie to win the award sinceits inception and first since Scott Rolen in 1997...Finished the season with the most HR (22) by a Phillies rookie since 1971 (Willie Montanez - 30), despite having only 28 at-bats prior to 7/1...Led all NL rookies in HR and slugging% (.567) and finished T-1st in grand slams (2), 2nd in RBI (63), extra-base hits (41) and on-base % (.356), 3rd in total bases(177), 6th in average (.288) and runs (52), 7th in hits (92) and multi-hit games (24), 8th in walks (33), T-9th in doubles (17)...Named NL Rookie of the Month for September (.278, 6 2B, 2 3B, 10 HR, 22RBI)...His 10 HR in September were a ML record for rookies in September;previous record of 9 was done 5 times, most recently by Tony Clark in1996...He also tied the Phillies record for most HR in September (JimThome - 2003)...Began the season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA)...Hit.441 (15-34) in his first 11 games of the season with a 10-game hit streak...Recalled on 5/3 (Jim Thome DL'ed)...Went 5-for-9 (.556), 2 2B, 1 HR in 4games, 5/13-17, before being optioned back to Scranton on 5/20 (KennyLofton activated)...Had a 24-game hit streak, 5/26-6/21, 16 of which weremulti-hit games; 4th-longest hit streak in Scranton history, behind onlyPablo Ozuna (27), Dave Doster (25) and Ricky Otero (25)...Hit .478 (43-90),10 2B, 10 HR, 29 RBI, 22 R during the streak...Slugged 6 HR and collected 13RBI over a 4-game span,5/27-30...Named Topps Minor League Player of theMonth for June...Was leading the International League in average (.371),slugging % (.690) and on-base % (.467) when recalled for the second timeon 7/1 (Thome DL'ed)...Hit a 3-run HR in his 2nd game back, 7/3 vs ATL...Hit 2 game-winning HR off Dodgers closer Yhency Brazoban: his 1st careerwalk-off HR, 7/19 vs LAD (10th inning) and his 1st career grand slam, 8/10 atLAD...Added a career-high 5 RBI, 8/10 at LA...Collected a career-best 4hits, 8/23 at SF...Hit in a career-best 9 straight games, 7/24-8/3 (.382, 13-34, 4 2B, 3 RBI)...Hit his 2nd grand slam, 9/21 atATL - a game-winner in the 10th inning (John Foster); his first career HR against a LHP and 1st extra-inning slam by a Philliesince Dale Murphy on 8/6/91...The Phillies went 16-6 (.727) when he homered...Of his 22 HR, 8 gave the Phillies the leadand 4 tied the game...Named the Best Defensive 1st Baseman in the International League by Baseball America
Combined for a minor league-best 46 HR and 131 RBI at Reading (AA) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA)...Winner of Minor League Baseball's Round-Tripper Contest and was presented the Joe Bauman Trophy and a check for $9,200 ($200 per HR) at the Winter Meetings this past December...Became only 5th minor league player since 1956 (and first since 1982) to have at least 46 HR and 131 RBI...Began season with Reading...WonEastern League MVP and Rookie of the Year awards after setting team record and finishing 2nd in EL with 37 HR;2nd consecutive MVP crown (Florida State League MVP in 2003)...His 37 HR broke the Reading Phillies' single-seasonrecord of 33, set by Greg Luzinski in 1970, as well as the franchise record of 34, set in 1960 by Reading IndianHarold Jones...Named USA Today Sports Weekly's Minor League Player of the Year and starting 1st baseman on thepublication's post-season All-Star team...Led EL in RBI (102) and slugging % (.647) and finished 7th in on-base %(.386) and extra-base hits (56)...Won Paul Owens Award as best position player in Phillies system for 2ndconsecutive season...Voted Best Power Prospect in EL and 8th-best overall by Baseball America...Named in-seasonand post-season EL All-Star...Slugged 2 HR in a game 7 times...Homered in back-to-back games, 5/1-2 at NewBrunswick (5 RBI)...Hit .512 (22-43) during 12-game hit streak, 6/4-16 (7 2B, 6 HR, 18 RBI)...Homered in 3 straightgames, 6/12-15...Had 4 HR and 10 RBI over 2 games, 6/26-27 at Harrisburg (2 HR and season-high 5 RBI in eachgame)...Hit 10 HR in 9 games, 6/24-7/2...Named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week 4 times and Player ofthe Month for June by both Phillies and EL (.386, 44-114, 10 2B, 15 HR, 43 RBI, 11 BB, 28 R, .458 OBP, .868SLG)...Promoted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7/30...Did not homer in first 9 games with Scranton, then hit 9 in hisfinal 20...Went 4-for-5, 1 2B, 2 HR and season-high 6 RBI, 8/14 at Rochester...Had 29 RBI in 29 games withScranton...Recalled on 9/1...Made ML debut, 9/1 vs ATL (SO)...Got 1st ML hit, 9/6 at ATL (pinch-single off T.Smith)...Hit 1st ML homer, 9/11 at NYM (Fortunato)...7 of his 11 ML hits went for extra bases (5 2B, 2 HR)...His 48total HR between minors and majors were tied for most in professional baseball with LA's Adrian Beltre...Hit .331,3 HR, 24 RBI in Arizona Fall League Champion Phoenix Desert Dogs...Led AFL in doubles (14) and finished 2nd inhits (45) and extra-base hits (18), falling one shy of league leader in each category...Rated the top prospect in thePhillies' organization by Baseball America.
Spent entire season with Clearwater (A), winning Florida State League MVP honors and falling 7 RBIshort of triple crown title . . . Led FSL in avg (.304), HR (23) and slugging % (.514) . . . Recipient of Paul Owens Award for best player in Phillies minor league system . . . Named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week twice, 4/21-27 (.407,1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 4 R) and 7/28-8/3 (.560, 3 2B, 6 RBI, BB) . . . Reached base safely in 23 straight games, 4/15-5/7(.360, .444 OBP, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 13 BB) . . . Homered and drove in a season-high 5 runs including a grand slam, 5/9 at VeroBeach . . . Played in All-Star Futures Game, 7/13 at U.S. Cellular Field (0-1, SO) . . . FSL in-season and post-season All-Star. . .Topps Minor League Player of the Month for August . . . Reached base in 27 of his final 30 games, 7/28-8/31 (.389, 5HR, 26 RBI, 8 BB) . . . Named Best Power Prospect in FSL and ranked 15th-best prospect in the league by Baseball America. . . Played in Florida Instructional League . . . Rated 3rd-best prospect in Phillies minor league system by BA.
Spent season with Lakewood (A) . . . South Atlantic League All-Star . . . Led all Phillies minor leaguers and tied for 3rd in SAL in HR (19) . . .Tied for 4th in league in RBI (87) . . . Had an RBI in 6 straight games, 5/12-18 (9 RBI) . . . Slugged season-high 2 HR, 5/17 at Hickory. . .Went 3-for-5 with a season-best 5 RBI, 7/18 at Hickory . . . Homered in 3 straight games, 8/26-29 . . . Had 38 multihitgames . . . Hit .385 (5-13), 17 RBI with bases loaded . . . Played in FIL . . . Rated 8th-best prospect in Phillies minorleague system by BA.
Made pro debut for Batavia (A) . . . Got 1st pro hit, HR, RBI and run, 7/16 vs Jamestown. . . Collected an RBI in 7 straight games, 7/16-22 (10 RBI) . . . Had 4 RBI, 7/31 vs Staten Island . . .Went 5-for-5, 3 RBI,8/5 at Mahoning Valley . . . Hit .301 (25-83) in 25 August games . . . Played in FIL