Phillip Evans (baseball)
Phillip Mathew Evans (born September 10, 1992) is an American professional baseball infielder who is currently a free agent. Evans previous played for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Evans with the Mets in 2017
|Born: September 10, 1992|
|September 8, 2017, for the New York Mets|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2018 season)
|Runs batted in||2|
The Mets selected Evans in the 15th round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, California. Evans had previously committed to play college baseball at San Diego State University before his senior year of high school.
Evans made his professional debut in 2011, but due to signing in late August, played in only nine games in his first professional season. In 2012 he played for the Brooklyn Cyclones where he batted .252 with five home runs and 29 RBIs in 73 games, in 2013 he played for the Savannah Sand Gnats where he posted a .203 batting average with two home runs and 25 RBIs in 106 games, and he spent 2014 with the St. Lucie Mets where he compiled a .247 batting average with four home runs and 39 RBIs in 111 games. Evans spent 2015 back with St. Lucie where he batted .234 with 32 RBIs in 77 games.
2016 was Evans's breakout season. He began the season with St. Lucie and was promoted to the Binghamton Mets in April. He played in 96 games for Binghamton and led the Eastern League in average, defeating Portland Sea Dogs outfielder Aneury Tavárez in the run for the batting title in the last game of the season, edging him .3351 to .3350. Evans also posted sixth-bests in on-base percentage (.485) and slugging (.485), while recording 131 hits in 410 at bats in 112 games. He also hit eight home runs while batting in 39 runs. In 2017, Evans played for the Las Vegas 51s where he batted .279/.341/.418 with 11 home runs and 56 RBIs in 127 games.
Evans was called up to the majors for the first time on September 8, 2017. He made his Major League debut that night, pinch hitting for Seth Lugo against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. The following day, he recorded his first MLB hit, a double off of Homer Bailey of the Reds. He resigned a minor league deal on November 5, 2017.
On March 25, 2018, the Mets announced that Evans had made the Opening Day roster. Evans was demoted on April 5 when Michael Conforto was activated from the disabled list. He was designated for assignment by the Mets on June 6, 2018. He elected free agency on November 3, 2018.
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- 2016 Eastern League Batting Statistics. MiLB.com. Retrieved on September 5, 2016.
- "Phillip Evans Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
- Joyce, Greg (10 September 2017). "His season was over — then the Mets called". New York Post. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
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- Ackert, Kristie (April 5, 2018). "Conforto is officially back as Mets activate outfielder from DL". NY Daily News. Retrieved 6 April 2018.