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Heath Phillips | Relief Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (36) / 3/24/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 275
Bats / Throws: Left / Left

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Rays signed LHP Heath Phillips to a minor league contract.
He also receives an invite to Spring Training. Phillips, who turns 28 in March, was 8-7 with a 4.99 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 27 games (25 starts) with Triple-A Omaha in the Royals organization last season. Wed, Feb 3, 2010 02:03:00 PM

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Heath Phillips gave up one hit over six scoreless innings in a victory for Triple-A Omaha on Saturday.

If it's so important for the Royals to have a left-hander in their rotation, Phillips would be an upgrade over Horacio Ramirez. He probably wouldn't be a fantasy asset or anything like that, but at least he'd give the Royals five or six innings most times out.
Sun, Apr 12, 2009 02:56:00 PM

Royals reassigned LHP Heath Phillips, LHP Lenny DiNardo, RHP Anthony Lerew, RHP Victor Marte, C Matt Tupman and OF Tommy Murphy to minor league camp.

We'd trust either Phillips or DiNardo with a rotation spot before Horacio Ramirez. Phillips had a 3.86 ERA in his 11 2/3 innings this spring. DiNardo pitched five scoreless innings, striking out seven.
Wed, Mar 25, 2009 02:29:00 PM

Heath Phillips pitched three scoreless innings against the Rangers in the Royals' 8-7 win on Friday.

The Royals had Gil Meche pitch in a 'B' game so that they could get another look at Phillips. The former White Sox prospect has allowed two runs -- one earned -- and two hits in six innings this spring. Like Lenny DiNardo, he'd probably be a modest upgrade on Horacio Ramirez if the Royals insist on having a lefty in their rotation. It's doubtful that he'd have any fantasy value, though.
Fri, Mar 6, 2009 06:59:00 PM

Heath Phillips, getting the start in place of Andy Pettitte, was ejected in the first inning of Wednesday's game after hitting a batter.

The umpiring crew was obviously alerted that there could be some hijinks today with the Yankees still upset about the Elliot Johnson-Francisco Cervelli collision on Saturday. It seems unlikely that Phillips was really throwing at a batter.
Wed, Mar 12, 2008 01:46:00 PM

Yankees invited LHP Heath Phillips, C Kyle Anson, C Jason Brown, INF Bernie Castro, OF Justin Christian, OF Colin Curtis, INF Eric Duncan, OF Brett Gardner, RHP Daniel Giese, INF Nick Green, RHP Alan Horne, OF Austin Jackson, RHP Steven Jackson, OF Jason Lane, RHP Daniel McCutchen, RHP Mark Melancon, C Jesus Montero, C P.J. Pilittere, OF Greg Porter, INF Cody Ransom, RHP Darrell Rasner, C Austin Romine, RHP Scott Strickland, OF Jose Tabata, LHP Billy Traber and INF Marcos Vechionacci to Spring Training.

Phillips and Rasner should have signed with teams with less pitching depth. Rasner, especially, could be a useful fifth starter, but he'll need multiple injuries in order to get another shot with the Yankees. Besides Phillips, the most notable imports are Strickland, who could be a serviceable middle reliever given the chance, plus the two infielders, Green and Ransom. Either could be a better choice than Alberto Gonzalez when a spare is needed.
Wed, Jan 16, 2008 02:13:00 AM

White Sox designated LHP Heath Phillips for assignment.

If the White Sox were willing to give him away, we're rather surprised the Diamondbacks didn't take Phillips back in the Carlos Quentin deal. A 25-year-old left-hander with a history of strong results in Triple-A, he deserves a legitimate chance to contend for a spot in some team's rotation. Perhaps the stuff isn't there to make him a long-term option, but he makes a lot more sense than someone like Brett Tomko or Tony Armas Jr..
Mon, Dec 3, 2007 02:58:00 PM

Heath Phillips allowed one run over six innings and struck out eight Sunday for Mochis of the Mexican Pacific League.

Phillips finally made his major league debut in September after two fine years in Triple-A and allowed three runs in 7 1/3 innings of relief. The White Sox have never taken him seriously, and any team that wanted him could likely have him for a lesser prospect. There isn't much in the way of upside here, but he might be able to last as a fifth starter.
Tue, Oct 23, 2007 02:46:00 PM

White Sox GM Ken Williams said he was realistically thinking of not promoted anyone from Triple-A Charlotte when rosters expanded because he was upset with the team performance.

"I'm not happy with our performance here, not happy with the performances down in Charlotte, the individual performances, nor the team performances," Williams said Wednesday. "A lot of times in the minors people forget, they think it's just based on how they do as individuals. Well, we look at things a little differently. We look at the team aspect as well, and I'm a little disappointed in a lot of the individual and team efforts down there." The team brought up Heath Phillips and Lance Broadway because they needed help to protect the pitching staff, and Donny Lucy was needed as a third catcher.
Thu, Sep 6, 2007 08:00:00 AM

White Sox recalled LHP Heath Phillips from Triple-A Charlotte.

It's about time. We're not at all sure the 25-year-old Phillips can pitch in the majors, but he's earned a chance. He had a 2.96 ERA in Triple-A last year, but he wasn't called up in September. This year, his ERA jumped to 4.30, but that was all because of an awful May. He was 7-0 with a 2.43 ERA after the All-Star break. Phillips doesn't have more than fifth-starter stuff, but he could surprise. The White Sox will use him in middle relief for now.
Tue, Sep 4, 2007 06:17:00 PM

White Sox optioned LHP Heath Phillips, INF Andy Gonzalez, INF Pedro Lopez, LHP Paulino Reynoso and 1B Casey Rogowski to Triple-A Charlotte; optioned RHP Dewon Day, RHP Oneli Perez and LHP Carlos Vasquez to Double-A Birmingham.

The 24-year-old Phillips went 13-5 with a 2.96 ERA in Triple-A last year, but he still wasn't at all part of the mix to claim the vacant spot in the White Sox rotation. No, he doesn't have much upside, but he deserves better treatment, something he's not likely to get unless someone wants to trade for him.
Wed, Mar 14, 2007 02:47:00 PM

White Sox purchased the contracts of LHP Heath Phillips, LHP Carlos Vasquez and INF Andy Gonzalez, RHP Oneli Perez and RHP Dewon Day.

Phillips, 24, went 13-5 with a 2.96 ERA for Triple-A Charlotte last season, but he's not a big part of the team's plans going forward. It'd be no surprise to see him included in a deal this winter. Vasquez is the reliever the White Sox just got from the Cubs in the Neal Cotts deal.
Mon, Nov 20, 2006 10:47:00 PM

The White Sox are open to dealing non-roster pitchers Heath Phillips and Jay Marshall.

Both need to be added to the 40-man roster in advance of the Rule 5 draft, and the White Sox might prefer to swap them for younger players still a year or two away from requiring a 40-man roster spot. Phillips, a 24-year-old lefty, went 13-5 with a 2.96 ERA for Triple-A Charlotte last season. Still, he's never been very highly thought of.
Tue, Nov 14, 2006 12:54:00 PM

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