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Gregory Stuart Dobbs

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Greg Dobbs was claimed on waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies from the Seattle Mariners after the 2006 season and unexpectedly made the Phillies' roster out of Spring Training after a tremendous spring.

Dobbs was drafted in the 53rd round of the 1996 amateur draft out of high school, but headed on to junior college. After transferring and playing a year at Long Beach State, he was again drafted, this time in the 10th round of the 1999 amateur draft by the Houston Astros. Dobbs transferred again, and was a second team College All-American in 2001, slugging .671 for the University of Oklahoma. He was signed in May that year as an undrafted free agent by scout Mark Lummus for the Seattle Mariners, and played in their minor league system from 2001-2006, bouncing between the majors and minors in 2004-2006.

He hit .321 in his first stop in the Northwest League in 2001, and then hit .275 in 2002 in the Midwest League, both times with moderate power. Moving up to the Texas League in 2002-2004 (he had an Achilles tendon injury during most of 2003), he dominated AA pitching by hitting well over .300, and came to Triple A ball during the 2004 season. While he didn't hit .300 in the first partial season in Tacoma, in 2005 and 2006 he hit .321 and .314 there respectively.

His lifetime minor league average is .307, with a slugging percentage of .456.

During the 2004, 2005, and 2006 seasons, he was up in the majors for exactly 100 games, hitting .257 without much power or many walks. However, his 2006 major league season was much better than the previous years. His future was pretty much blocked in Seattle however, with Adrian Beltre signed to a long-term contract to play 3B and Willie Bloomquist handling the major substitute duties.

After making the Phillies' roster, he was used as a quasi-regular in 2007, getting his share of starts at 3B and being the team's principal pinch hitter, while seeing some playing time in the outfield and at first base as well. He continued in the same role in 2008, even though the Phils signed Pedro Feliz in the off-season. Dobbs saw fewer at-bats, but was still used in well over 100 games. He hit .272 with 10 homers in his first season in the NL, then improved to .301 with 9 homers (but a better home run rate and slugging percentage) the following season. He saw action in the postseason both years.

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