High School and Minors Stats
High School Seminole High School (Florida)
Phillips made the Varsity team during his sophomore season after playing JV his freshman year. In high school, he didn’t show much power in terms of home runs, but he did show plus average and on-base skills. He also showed some speed, especially in his sophomore season with 11 steals on the season in 14 tries.
The stats below are from MaxPreps, which can be found here.
The Astros then drafted Phillips in the 2012 MLB draft in the sixth round out of high school. He was drafted in the same class as Preston Tucker, Lance McCullers, Correa, and Rio Ruiz. While he may not be top of that class, now that they have all found their way to Houston (or traded to the Braves), he should supplant Correa as the top prospect.
Below is Phillips’ timeline through the minors from Baseball-Reference.
Coming out of high school at the age of 18, Phillips started in the rookie ranks and has moved up to Corpus Christi Hooks at the time of writing this post.
Let’s take a look at his stats so far in the minor leagues from Baseball-Reference.
Looking at his progression, he really didn’t start to blossom until 2014, where he was the Astros Minor League hitter of the year. The biggest jump is in home runs, where he hit zero in his first two years, then exploded for 17 the next year. His on-base percentage has stayed fairly constant but took a dip so far in 2015. Despite the drop in on-base percentage, his slugging percentage is rising in 2015. Phillips can hit for average, power, and speed.
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