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Phil Stockman

Phil Stockman - RHP
Hometown: Oldham, Greater Manchester, UK
Debut: 15 June 2006
Final Game: 11 June 2008
Teams played for: Atlanta Braves

Born in England, Phil Stockman grew up in Brisbane and signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks as an amateur free agent in 1997, when he was 17 years old. He made his professional debut in 1998, appearing in one game for the Diamondbacks' Rookie-level Minor League team.

Stockman's ascent through Arizona's Minor League system went slowly, and he began his career as a starter before being converted into a reliever in 2005 while playing in Double-A and Triple-A. Along the way, he was named a Texas League All-Star in 2003, posting an 11-7 record with a 3.96 ERA in 26 starts for the El Paso Diablos.

After seven seasons in the Diamondbacks' Minor League system, Stockman signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves. He began his Braves career in 2006 with the Single-A Rome Braves of the South Atlantic League, working his way up to Triple-A by the middle of the season. The Braves called him up in the beginning of June when another reliever went on the disabled list. The tall righty made his MLB debut on 15 June, and pitched the final inning of a 3-2 loss to the Florida Marlins, facing four batters and giving up just one hit.

Stockman appeared in three more games for the Braves before being sent down, and finished the year with a 2.25 ERA in the Majors and an 0-1 record and 0.62 ERA in the Minors.

After spending the entire 2007 season in the minors, Stockman got another shot at the big leagues in 2008, when the Braves recalled him again. He appeared in six games this time around, picking up his first career strikeouts in the process. In 7-1/3 innings pitched in the Majors in 2008, Stockman had a 0.79 ERA and nine strikeouts. At Triple-A Richmond in 2008, he had a 1-1 record and 2.10 ERA in 19 relief appearances.

The Braves released him in March 2009, and he retired shortly thereafter, after struggling with recurring injuries. He finished his career with an 0-0 record and 0.79 ERA in 11-1/3 innings pitched.

During the ABL's inaugural season of 2010-11, Stockman was one of the most reliable arms out of the Brisbane Bandits' bullpen, posting a 2.45 ERA in 14.2 innings over 10 relief appearances. Stockman also played for the silver medal-winning Australian national team in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, and donned the green and gold again for the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

View Phil Stockman's career statistics from Baseball Reference