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Anthony Gareth Phillips

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 160 lb.

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Anthony Phillips followed his brother Jonathan Phillips to the minors. His father Alan Phillips played in the Olympics.

Anthony played for South Africa in the 2006 World Junior Championship. Scouted by Pat Kelly and Phillip Biersteker, he signed with the Seattle Mariners at age 16. Phillips debuted as a pro in 2007, hitting .279/.373/.287 for the AZL Mariners, one of the best debuts by a South African player in the minors to that point. He stole 5 bases in 7 tries. He fielded .955 in 29 games at short and .969 in 14 at second base.

In the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament, Anthony was South Africa's primary shortstop while brother Jonathan manned third base. Anthony Phillips hit only .154/.267/.154 in the event and was 1-for-3 stealing, but fielded .967 at short.

Phillips bounced around the Mariners system in 2008, playing for the Pulaski Mariners (.196/.292/.214 in 14 games), Everett AquaSox (.187/.289/.273 in 51 games) and High Desert Mavericks (1 for 9, 3 K). He stole 9 bases but was caught six times. He also slumped defensively, with 21 errors and a .927 fielding percentage.

Phillips was 2 for 9 with a run and a RBI in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, finishing third on the club in OPS behind Gift Ngoepe and Brett Willemburg.

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