Position: IF Date of Birth: 04/11/1990 Height: 5' 9" Weight: 185 lbs
Bats: R Throws: R Resides: Cape Town, South Africa
Biography: Anthony Phillips joins KC after spending time with the St. Paul Saints this season and beginning the year with the Colorado Rockies organization. Phillips, a 28-year-old native of Bellville, South Africa played 34 games for the Saints hitting .242 with a home run and 16 RBI.
In two stops with Colorado, Phillips played in 14 games at AAA Albuquerque with two home runs and nine RBIs and another six games at AA Hartford in the Eastern League going 5 for 25. In 2017 Phillips played 99 games for AA Hartford with four homers and 24 RBIs hitting .209. The 2016 season Phillips spent the entire season at AA Arkansas in the Texas League for the Los Angles Angels of Anaheim. In 114 games, he hit .259 with one home run and 37 RBIs in the Texas League. Phillips had his first stay with St. Paul in 2015 playing 91 games for the Saints hitting .269 with two home runs and 35 RBIs. Phillips spent 2014 with the Philadelphia Phillies organization splitting time with three different levels in the minor league system. He spent 57 games hitting .229 with a home run and two RBIs another 31 games at AA Reading and two games at High A Lakewood. Combined he hit .230 at all three stops with two home runs and 24 RBIs. The short stop began his baseball career with the Seattle Mariner organization, where he spent parts of six season.
He would climb the ladder from rookie level in 2007 to AAA Tacoma in the Pacific Coast League. He played a career high 124 games at High A High Desert in the California League in 2013 hitting at a .259 clip with nine long balls and 43 RBIs. Phillips was signed by former Big Leaguer turned scout Pat Kelly in 2006 at the age of 16. Kelly has served in various international baseball roles in Australia and has scouted the southern hemisphere for several organizations since his playing days were over. Phillips was spotted by Kelly during the 2006 U16 World Baseball Championships in Cuba with the South African Team.