Phillips to Join Red Sox Organization
Thursday, June 30, 2005
FORT MYERS – One of the top pitchers for the Florida Gulf Coast University baseball team will pursue his big-league dreams with the Boston Red Sox. Billy Phillips inked a free-agent contract with the Boston Red Sox and will be joining the Red Sox entry in the Gulf Coast League based in Fort Myers. “Billy did a fantastic job for us the past two seasons,” said Eagles head coach Dave Tollett. “He’s a competitor and we are excited for him to have this opportunity.” This past season, Phillips went 6-4 with a 3.18 ERA, striking out 75 batters and walking just 12 in 70 2/3 innings pitched. The New Port Richey, Florida native was among the NCAA Division II national leaders with 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 2005. A 6-foot, 170-pound right-hander, Phillips is second on the career list for wins and strikeouts at FGCU, after spending his first two seasons at Pasco-Hernando Community College.