Zach Phillips

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Zach Phillips
Zach Phillips on September 1, 2011.jpg
Phillips with the Baltimore Orioles
St. Louis Cardinals
Born: (1986-09-21) September 21, 1986 (age 30)
Sacramento, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 31, 2011, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record 0–1
Earned run average 3.22
Strikeouts 20

Zachary David Phillips (born September 21, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2005, and has played in MLB for the Baltimore Orioles, Miami Marlins, and Pittsburgh Pirates, and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.


Texas Rangers[edit]

He was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 23rd round of the 2005 amateur draft,[1] being signed by scout Tim Fortugno.

Phillips began his professional career in 2005, playing for the AZL Rangers (14 games) and Clinton Lumber Kings (two games), going a combined 1-3 with a 4.14 ERA in 16 games (11 starts). In 54⅓ innings, he struck out 77 batters. He spent all of 2006 with the Lumber Kings, going 5-23 with a 5.96 ERA in 28 starts. The following year, he played for the Clinton again and went 11-7 with a 2.91 ERA in 27 starts, striking out 157 batters in 151⅔ innings of work. In 2008, he went 8-9 with a 5.54 ERA in 28 starts for the Bakersfield Blaze.[2]

For the 2009 season, Phillips converted to relief pitching and went a combined 2-3 with a 1.39 ERA in 36 combined games for the Blaze (16 games) and Frisco RoughRiders (20 games). He began the 2010 season with the RoughRiders but was later promoted to the Oklahoma City RedHawks.

On July 14, 2011, the Texas Rangers designated Phillips for assignment, giving them 10 days to trade, release, or outright him to the minors.[3]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

On July 19, 2011, he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league infielder Nick Green and cash.[4] He made his Major League debut for the Orioles on August 31, 2011 against the Toronto Blue Jays. He appeared in 10 games in 2011, with a 1.13 ERA in 8 innings pitched.

On November 4, 2012, Phillips elected free agency after refusing his outright assignment to the Triple-A Norfolk Tides.[5]

Miami Marlins[edit]

Phillips signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins before the 2013 season. After not making the team, he was assigned to the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs, where he spent most of the season. In 50 games with the Zephyrs, he went 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA and 1 save, striking out 74 in 59 innings. On September 1, he was called up by the Marlins.[6] Phillips appeared in 3 games with Miami, where he went 0-1 while giving up 1 run in 1.2 innings. He was outrighted off the roster on October 7, 2013 and elected to become a free agent.[7]

Hiroshima Toyo Carp[edit]

On October 28, 2013, Phillips signed a one-year deal with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball, including a signing bonus of $154k.[8] In nine relief appearances for Hiroshima in 2014, Phillips went 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA.

Chicago White Sox[edit]

On December 15, 2014, he signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox. On December 17, 2014 he was assigned to AAA Charlotte Knights.[9]

He was outrighted and elected free agency on March 18, 2016.

Return to Baltimore[edit]

Phillips signed a one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles on March 23, 2016.[10] On April 1, he was outrighted to Triple-A.[11]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Phillips from Baltimore on August 31, 2016 in exchange for left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein. He was sent to the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians. He was brought up to the Pirates on September 13. He was outrighted on November 2, 2016.

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

On November 18, 2016, Phillips signed a minor league deal with the St. Louis Cardinals.[12] Phillips was also invited to major league spring training.


  1. ^ Draft results
  2. ^ Minor league stats
  3. ^
  4. ^ Dierkes, Tim. "Orioles Acquire Zach Phillips". Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Jong, Michael (September 2, 2013). "Miami Marlins news: Chris Coghlan among three September call-ups". Fish Stripes. 
  7. ^ Zach Phillips and Koyie Hill have elected to become free agents
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Soto, Penny get minors deals". Associated Press. January 22, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  10. ^ Dierkes, Tim (March 23, 2016). "Orioles Sign Zach Phillips, Designate Chris Jones". Retrieved April 1, 2016. 
  11. ^ Todd, Jeff (April 1, 2016). "Orioles Outright Zach Phillips". Retrieved April 1, 2016. 
  12. ^ Berry, Adam (November 18, 2016). "Sierra among 4 added to Cards' 40-man roster". Retrieved November 19, 2016. 

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