Q&A with P.J. Phillips

P.J. Phillips is one of the top senior baseball players at the shortstop position. Playing at Redan High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia, Phillips is the younger brother of budding prospect Brandon Phillips. Despite committing to the University of Georgia, PJ is expected to be drafted in one of the first two rounds in the 2005 MLB Draft.

P.J. Phillips was named First Team All-State Shortstop last year and, despite a thin frame, he has developed into an excellent power hitter. He finished his strong junior season hitting .492 with 11 home runs. He has tremendous range in the field and can also play second base. Phillips, who also have an above average arm, is also blessed with tremendous speed. He has plus tools across the board is one of more exciting five-tool talents available in the draft next June.

PJ sat down with Scout.com for a Q&A session.

When your not playing baseball, what do you like to do in your free time?
I like to play basketball, ping pong and bowling.

Which aspect of your game would you consider the biggest strength?
I think hitting wise I can hit for power, average, to all parts of the field, and see myself as an overall hitter.

Your currently playing short stop in high school, is that the position you see yourself playing in the future?
Yes sir.

Entering your senior season, what are some of your expectations and your outlook for your final season?
I hope to hit over .500 and get better at bats, take my time at the plate, and take the best swing I can every time.

Have you committed to a college for next fall?
Yes, I will be attending Georgia.

What made you choose Georgia?
It is close to home, and the coaches made me feel comfortable.

What is your favorite MLB team?
The Florida Marlins.

Is there a player in the majors that you model your game after?
That would have to be Alfonso Soriano.

What is your thought process entering the 2005 MLB Draft?
I just hope I get drafted in the first five round or near there. I just want to work hard and I know things will work my way.

What would you consider your biggest baseball moment?
In the state playoffs two years ago I had gone 11-11 the whole series and that is something I will never forget.

Who has been the biggest influence in your baseball career?
My brother, because I have been watching ever since I was younger and now he is in the big leagues so I just look up to him.

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