Name: Roy Halladay
Position: Starting Pitcher
Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Overview: Harry Leroy Halladay III (born May 14, 1977), usually referred to as Roy or by his nickname "Doc", is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. His nickname, coined by former Toronto Blue Jays announcer Tom Cheek, is a reference to Wild West gunslinger "Doc" Holliday. He was the Blue Jays' first draft selection in the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft, the 17th pick overall, and played for the team from 1998 through 2009, after which he was traded to Philadelphia.
A highlight of Halladay’s career is all you really need to know;
- 6-time MLB All-Star: 2002, 2003, 2005 (was supposed to start but was sidelined with a season-ending injury), 2006, 2008 and 2009 (American League starting pitcher).
- American League Cy Young Award: 2003
- The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year: 2003
- Players Choice Awards (Most Outstanding Pitcher): 2003
- 2-time AL player of the week
- 3-time AL pitcher of the month: May 2003, September 2003, April 2007.
- Toronto Blue Jays career leader in win–loss percentage (.670)
- Only Blue Jays pitcher to earn two base hits in one regular season game (vs. Los Angeles Dodgers on June 10, 2007)
- From 2002–2008, Halladay has a .698 winning percentage, 113 wins, 9 shutouts, 37 complete games, and 7.14 innings per start, all of which are the best in the American League in that time frame.
Halladay moves over to the National League, and it is a move that couldn’t be better for the six time All-Star considering his career numbers against National League hitters looks like this: 17-8, 3.02 ERA, 1.14 WHIP. Halladay is a two time 20+ winner, a three time 200+ strike hurler, and he has nine complete games under his belt while in the AL. Halladay is a pitcher that will garner a ton of wins for your team, not hurt you with his ERA or WHIP, and provide you with a quality K/9 rate of around 7.5 which is what he has averaged the past two years. Don’t be fooled by his career rate of 6.6 as it doesn’t tell the whole story, and keep in mind he doesn’t give up the long ball too much which makes him a perfect top seeded Fantasy pitcher.