Player: Roy Halladay
Acquired: Acquired in a trade with Toronto for Michael Taylor, Kyle Drabek, and Travis D’Arnaud.
2009 Stats: (w/ Toronto) 17-10, 32 games, 239 IP, 208 K, 2.79 ERA, 1.13 WHIP
Intangibles: The Phillies got the best pitcher in the game when they traded for Halladay. He is a work horse and a game changer. He doesn’t walk a lot of batters and is a ground ball pitcher. Doc has a lot of diversity in his pitch arsenal. His fastball is in the mid-90’s, his sinker is in the low-90’s (making it a very dangerous pitch that fools batters and forces ground balls), and his cutter is his signature pitch. He also has a good curve and change-up.
Expectations: I think Doc will win 20 games this year and be a serious Cy Young contender. He’s pitching in a weaker hitting division and Cy Young winning pitchers that have made the switch to the NL have dominated in recent history (Randy Johnson, Johan Santana, and Cliff Lee). Now that he’s the ace of this staff, it will take a lot of pressure off the rest of the rotation and bull pen.