Anthony Phillips (baseball)
|St. Paul Saints – No. 7|
|Shortstop / Second baseman|
Born: April 11, 1990|
Bellville, South Africa
Anthony Garet Phillips (born April 11, 1990) is a South African baseball infielder who currently plays for the St. Paul Saints of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. He has also been a member of the Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and Colorado Rockies organizations. Phillips bats and throws right-handed. Phillips has been drawn comparisons to a "young Chuck Knoblauch" by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. José Moreno, Phillips former manager, compared his style of play to that of David Eckstein.
Born in Bellville, Western Cape, South Africa, Phillips was scouted by Pat Kelly and Phillip Biersteker to sign with the Seattle Mariners at age 16 after his participation in the 2006 World Baseball Junior Championship. He began professional career with the rookie-level Arizona League Mariners. Phillips batted .279 with 24 runs, 34 hits, 1 double, 9 RBIs, and 5 stolen bases in 45 games. The next season, Phillips played with three levels of the Mariners' organization including the rookie-level Pulaski Mariners, the Class-A Short Season Everett AquaSox, and the Class-A Advanced High Desert Mavericks. With Pulaski, he batted .196 with 7 runs, 11 hits, 1 double, 4 RBIs, and 4 stolen bases in 14 games. Phillips played 51 games with the AquaSox and batted .187 with 23 runs, 28 hits, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 17 RBIs, and 5 stolen bases. Finally, with the Mavericks, Phillips batted .111 with 1 hit, and 1 RBI in 3 games. He hit his first career home run on July 10 against the Tri-City Dust Devils. Phillips spent the 2009 season with the Class-A Short Season Everett AquaSox and batted .247 with 29 runs, 59 hits, 8 doubles, 3 triples, 7 home runs, 28 RBIs, and 3 stolen bases in 68 games. He was first on the AquaSox in caught stealing (8); and was second in at-bats (239), home runs, and strikeouts (65). Phillips began the 2010 season with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers, however, after just one game, he was assigned to extended spring training.
Phillips signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies in December 2013. Over the course of the 2014 season, he played with three different teams in the Phillies minor league system.
St. Paul Saints
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Phillips returned to Minor League Baseball in 2016, playing for the Arkansas Travelers, the AA affiliate of the Angels. He elected free agency on November 7, 2016.
On January 10, 2017, Phillips signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies. He was released on June 15, 2018.
Return to St. Paul
His father, Alan Phillips, played in the 2000 Summer Olympics at age 44, making him the oldest man ever on an Olympic baseball roster. His brother Jonathan Phillips (born April 16, 1986) played in the Milwaukee Brewers organization in 2003. Growing up, Phillips was a fan of Ken Griffey, Jr., and played rugby and badminton.
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