Hometown: Nacogdoches, Texas
Born: December 18, 1990
Phillips has taken a long and winding road to get to the spot that has him poised to go in the first two or three rounds of the MLB draft.
After turning down a draft offer from the Mariners, who selected him in the 49th-round in 2009, his collegiate career began at Oklahoma State, where he made 51 starts as the team’s designated hitter in 2010. He responded to the challenge of playing immediately by hitting .337 with 14 doubles, three homers and 34 RBI. What he responded poorly to was not having the chance to play behind the plate every day.
Phillips announced his intention to transfer to Arkansas, where he was hoping to play immediately. The NCAA denied his request to do just that, and he ended up at NAIA power Oklahoma City, where he has been one of the hottest hitters in college baseball this past season.
Phillips utilizes a sweet lefty swing and should hit for both average and power. Behind the plate is where he’s going to have to put in some long hours if he wants to remain a catcher long-term. He definitely has the athleticism to, but the work ethic just isn’t there yet to label him anything more than an offensive-minded catcher.