Evan John Phillips…married to wife Elizabeth...born on Sept. 11, 1994 in Salisbury, Md.…attended college at University of North Carolina Wilmington…originally selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 17th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft…signed by scout Billy Best.
Dominant right-handed reliever had a breakout season, posting a 7-3 record in 64 games with a career-best 1.14 ERA (8 ER/63.0 IP) and 77 strikeouts against just 15 walks….set career highs in innings pitched, strikeouts, holds (19), games and wins...Held hitters to a career-low .155 average, allowing just eight runs to score in 64 appearances…limited right-handed hitters to a .142/.210/.204 slashline and lefties to a .170/.229/.220 slashline...Pitched incredibly well when ahead in the count, holding the opposition to a .115 average (10-for-87) in 62 instances…when behind in the count, allowed hitters to a.234 average (11-for-47) in 55 games...Among relievers with 50+ innings, he was the Major League leader in ERA, fourth in WHIP (0.76) and sixth in opponents’ batting average against (.155)...Went 10.1 innings without allowing a run from June 21st – July 14th…did not allow a run in 15 straight outings from July 23 – Aug. 30 (14.2 IP)…posted a 0.27 WHIP in that span...only gave up two runs from Aug. 2 until the end of the year, a span of 24 outings...Did not allow an earned run in June and held opponents to a .135 average (5-for-43) with 12 strikeouts to just three walks…later held opponents to a 0.96 ERA (1 ER/9.1 IP) in September and struck out 14 to just three walks...Earned all seven wins on home turf, posting a 1.41 ERA (5 ER/32.0 IP) with 41 strikeouts and just 11 walks in 33 outings…posted a 0.91 WHIP and limited hitters to a .165 average. Tallied 2+ strikeouts in 22 of 64 games, striking out the side in two instances (July 5 vs. COL, Sept. 18 at SF)…did not allow a hit over seven games from April 12 to April 29, striking out nine during the span and collected his first win of the season on April 16 vs. CIN…strung together nine straight appearances without giving up a hit from Aug. 6 – 30, striking out 10 batters in the process, not factoring in any decisions during the span…pitched in his second career Postseason, appearing in three games for 3.1 total innings, striking out six and walking just one, not factoring in any decisions.
Made stops at Triple-A Norfolk and Triple-A Durham before appearing in one game with Tampa Bay and later seven games with Los Angeles... Combined for a 1-1 record over eight games between the Rays and Dodgers, posting a 3.38 ERA (5 ER/13.1 IP) and 1.20 WHIP… struck out 11 batters and walked just five... Recorded his first save Aug. 13, 2021 against Minnesota as a member of Tampa Bay, firing 3.0 innings of one-run ball, striking out two…his 3.0 innings matched his career-high... Was tough against left-handed and right-handed batters, limiting the opposition to a .125 and .286 average respectively...Struck out two batters in five different games and did not allow a run in four of his eight relief appearances... Made his first Major League Postseason roster, pitching in two games for a total of 3.0 scoreless innings…allowed just one hit and struck out six... Pitched in 18 games with Triple-A Norfolk, producing a 1-1 record…struck out 35 batters across 25.0 innings and walked 14, recording two holds... With Triple-A Durham, the righty appeared in two games (one start) for 3.1 innings, striking out three without issuing a walk.
Appeared on his first career Opening Day roster; had four stints with the O's during the season … Earned his first career win on 8/2 vs. TB (1.0 IP, K) … Did not allow a run in nine-straight appearances (8/8-9/19), working 9.2 innings with seven hits, six walks, and 15 strikeouts during this stretch … Placed on the 10-day IL on 9/23 (right elbow inflammation), ending his season … His 12.56 SO/9 ratio ranked as the third-highest among O’s with at least 10.0 innings pitched … Struck out a career-high-tying four batters in two outings during the season (9/17 G2 vs. TB and 9/19 vs. TB); struck out multiple batters in six of his 14 appearances.
Recalled on 4/9 and made his season debut that night vs. OAK, working a career-high 3.0 shutout innings in relief and striking out a career-high four batters... Made eight different stints with the big league club throughout the season... Struck out 40 batters in 28.0 innings with the Orioles, averaging 12.86 SO/9... Struck out multiple batters in 12 of his 25 appearances... Allowed at least one run in 13 of his 25 outings with the Orioles... Recalled as the 26th player for the doubleheader on 5/15... Recalled for the final time on 9/3; allowed just one run in his final seven appearances (8.2 IP)... Made 27 appearances for Triple-A Norfolk, going 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA (17 ER/39.2 IP), 17 walks, and 44 strikeouts.
Made his Major League debut with the Braves on 7/3 at NYY; tossed 2.1 innings, allowing two runs on one hit, one home run, with two walks and one strikeout...Made his Orioles debut on 8/3 at TEX, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings with three strikeouts...Made his first career start on 9/17 vs. TOR, working 2.0 innings, allowing three runs on three hits, one home run, with two strikeouts...Made four appearances for Atlanta, going 0-0 with a 8.53 ERA (6 ER/6.1 IP), four walks, and three strikeouts...Made 39 appearances combined between Triple-A Gwinnett and Triple-A Norfolk, going 4-6 with eight saves, a 2.28 ERA (13 ER/51.1 IP), and 72 strikeouts...Lefties hit .183 (15-for-82) against him at Triple-A, while righties hit .196 (19-97)...Born in Salisbury, Md.; became the 26th Maryland-born player to appear in a game for the Orioles; the first since RHP Ryan Meisinger made his Major League debut on 6/9/18 vs. LAA.