The 2015 Phillies have made history on many fronts, but the other night when Alec Asher took the mound to start off a game for the Phillies, that broke a record of having the 5th debut of a Major League starter lead off the game on the mound for the Phillies.
Asher, who had Tommy John surgery at the age of 14, arrived to the Phillies via the Cole Hamels trade with Texas. He and fellow Texas Ranger minor leaguer (also acquired in the Hamels/Rangers trade), Jerad Eickhoff, were two of the Phillies to make their debuts in 2015.
The 5 to make their debut on the mound with the Phillies:
1. 2015: 5x, Severino Gonzalez, Adam Morgan, Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff & Alec Asher
T2. 1996: 4x, Rich Hunter, Carlos Crawford, Rafael Quirico & Matt Beech
1986: 4x, Mike Maddux, Bruce Ruffin, Jeff Bittiger & Marvin Freeman
1902: 4x, Bill Wolfe, Bill Salisbury, Ham Iburg & Jesse Whiting
Those stats are courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau.