Jason is in his fifth season as the Mariners Major League bullpen
catcher and also works closely with advance scouting reports...spent
parts of 7 Major League seasons (2001-07) with the New York Mets,
Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays primarily as a catcher
and first baseman...originally selected by the Mets in the 24th round
of the 1997 June draft out of San Diego State University.
Jason Lloyd Phillips resides in Seattle, WA, with his wife, Molly and
her son Andrew...graduated from El Capitan (CA) High School in San Diego...received the
National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2003 from the Ted Williams Museum and
Hitters Hall of Fame...his father Clyde was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City
Royals but did not sign...Jason lived in New Castle, Australia from 1999-2000.
Spent a majority of the season at Triple-A, where he hit .273 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs in 70 games. ... With Toronto, made nine starts, including five at catcher and four at first base. ... Hit .250 with six RBIs in 25 games with the Blue Jays. ... Recorded 12 hits, including six doubles.
Was acquired by the Los Angeles
Dodgers from the New York Mets on March 20 in exchange for Kazuhisa Ishii and served as the Dodgers' primary starting catcher for the first half of the season... Ranked third on
the Dodgers with 399 at-bats, four shy of his career high set in 2003 with New York... Ranked third on the Dodgers in RBI (55) and tied for third in total bases (145)... Threw out 16.1
percent of runners attempting to steal off him (15-for-93)...Made 89 starts behind the plate and 18 starts at first base...
Was most effective with runners in scoring position, as he
batted .299 (32-107) in such situations... With runners in
scoring position and two outs, batted .320 (16-50)... Batted
.302 (19-63) with 12 RBI in April... HOT STREAK: Had a
season-high 10-game hitting streak from April 12-24, during
which he batted .344 (11-32)... His 55 RBI were the seventh-
most among NL players who played the majority of
their games as a catcher... Of those seven players, had the
fourth-least amount of at-bats... Had 15 two-hit games,
two-three hit games and one four-hit game... Had 10
two-RBI games, one three-RBI game and one five-RBI
game... Hit .400 (4-for-10) with a grand slam and nine RBI
with the bases loaded... Made his Dodger debut on Opening
Day, April 5 at San Francisco... FAST START: Began
the season with seven hits in his first 13 at-bats and 12 in his
first 24 at-bats with runners in scoring position... Slugged
his first career grand slam on May 8 at Cincinnati off Eric Milton...
The blast snapped a 44-game homerless streak... In
the game, also had four hits, equaling his career high which
he had accomplished one other time (June 22, 2003 vs. the
New York Yankees)... Also had a career-high five RBI in the
game... Batted cleanup for the first time in 2005 on July 8 at
Houston and went 0-for-4... Had the game-winning single
with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning on July 16 vs.
San Francisco to cap a two-run rally... Was hit by a pitch on
Aug. 3 at Washington and had to leave the game with a contusion
to his left hand... Missed six games from Aug. 4-9 due
to the injury.
Had the fourth-lowest opponents' stolen base percentage (68.9 percent) against him among National League catchers with a minimum of 50 stolen base attempts...Threw out 19 of 61 runners...Collected the first multiple-home run game of his career, May 30 at Florida (Oliver, Borland)...Put together a nine-game hitting streak, May 15th-May 26th...Was 13-33 (.394) in those contests...Had at least one hit in 15 of his last 19 games with an at-bat...Batted .306 (19-62) with three runs, two doubles, a home run and six RBI in those contests...Also hit safely in six of his last eight games with an at-bat...Was 7-25 (.280) with a run, double, two RBI and a walk in those games...Batted .313 (21-67) in September and hit .278 (20-72) with five home runs and 14 RBI in May...Had 20 multiple-hit games: 19 contests with two hits, and one game with three hits on July 7th at Philadelphia...Knocked in eight runs in six games from May 15th-May 22nd...Had a six-game hitting streak, September 3rd-September 13th...Hit .375 (9-24) with two runs, a home run and four RBI during that span...Had home runs in back-to-back at-bats on May 16th at Houston (Backe) and May 18th vs. St. Louis (Morris)...Hit a game-winning solo shot in the top of the 13th inning on May 16th at Houston (Backe) to give the Mets a 3-2 win...Went 2-3 with two doubles and tied a career-best (second time) with three RBI at Houston on May 15th...Performed in 38 games (29 starts) at first base and 87 games (72 starts) at catcher.
MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE:
1 Year, 34 Days
SIGNED BY: Tom Allison
HOW OBTAINED: Selected in the 24th round of the June, 1997 Free Agent Draft.
CONTRACT STATUS: Signed through 2003.
FAMILY: Wife, Kelly; Son, Jason Jr. (8/4/03).
2003Appeared in 84 games at first base (82 starts) and 29 games as a catcher (26 starts) with New York.
Was hitting only .242 ( 22-91) after his first 32 games...Hit .314 (98-312) the rest of the way (87 games).
Was second among National League rookies with a .373 on-base percentage, third in RBI and slugging (.442); tied for third in home runs; fourth in batting, multi-hit games (32), hits, total bases (178), doubles and walks...Was tied for fourth in extra-base hits (36), and eighth in runs...His 14-game hitting streak from July 10th-July 26th was third longest among NL rookies.
Had 34 multiple-hit games, 24 games with two hits, nine games with three hits and one game with four hits.
Knocked in two runs in a game 10 times and had four contests with three RBI.
Hit .308 (36-117) vs. lefthanded pitching; .294 (84-286) vs. righthanded pitching; .283 (36-127) in day games; .304 (84-276) in night games; .354 (70-198) at home; .300 (107-357) on grass; .283 (13-46) on artificial turf; .319 (37-116 with 42 RBI) with men in scoring position and .327 (16-49) with a runner on third base.
Hit safely in 10 straight games from August 9th-August 20th and was 15-39 (.385) with six runs scored, three home runs and 12 RBI in those games.
Finished the month of July with 36 hits which is the third highest total by a Mets rookie in a calendar month.
Tied his career-high with three RBI, August 16th vs. Colorado...Also drove in three runs on August 10th at Arizona, August 3rd vs. St. Louis and July 2nd at Montreal.
Hit the 5,000th home run in Mets history on August 30th vs. Philadelphia (Wolf).
Collected his 100th career hit, a two-run home run on August 15th vs. Colorado (Reed).
Had a career-best 14-game hitting streak from July 10th-July 26th...Hit .426 (23-54) during that streak...It was tied for the fourth longest streak by a Mets rookie.
Delivered a walk-off RBI single to lift the Mets to a 4-3 win over Philadelphia on July 13th.
Established a career-high with four hits, June 22nd vs. the Yankees...Was 4-5 with an RBI in the contest.
Collected a then career-best three hits (3-5), May 22nd vs. Philadelphia.
Made his first major league appearance at first base, March 31st vs. Chicago, when he entered the game in the ninth inning.
As a catcher with the Mets, he threw out four of 12 base runners (33 percent).
Was recalled by the Mets from Norfolk (AAA) of the International League on May 18th for his fourth stint with the big league club.
At the time of his last recall, he was batting .346 (27-78) with 13 runs, five doubles, four home runs and 20 RBI in 22 games...Was also selected the IL's Batter of the Week for the week of May 12th-May 18th.
Was with the Mets three other times this season: March 31st-April 5th; April 18th-April 23rd and May 4th-May 11th.
At Norfolk, he threw out four of 14 runners (29 percent).
Hit safely in 15 of the 22 games in which he played for Norfolk...Had four hits against Durham on April 6th.
Recalled from Norfolk (AAA) on September 2nd.
Made his first major league start on September 3rd (Game Two) vs. Florida at catcher
Recorded his first major league RBI, September 3rd (Game Two) vs. Florida with a sacrifice fly.
Collected his first career multiple-hit game, September 6th at Philadelphia ... Went 2-3.
Hit his first major league home run off TJ Tucker and added his initial multiple-RBI game (two), September 12th at Montreal ... Was 2-4 in the game.
Saw action in seven games as a catcher for the Mets (two starts) ... Was 3-7 (.429) with two runs scored, one home run and two RBI in his two starts.
Hit .412 (7-17) with one home run and three RBI vs. righthanded pitchers with New York.
From May 14th-May 27th, he hit safely in 10 straight games (13-42, .310).
Knocked in four runs three times during the year for the Tides: April 19th vs. Columbus, April 21st vs. Richmond and July 3rd vs. Richmond.
At Norfolk, he was placed on the Disabled List on July 29th (retroactive to July 25th) with a sprained left ankle ... First injured the ankle in a home plate
collision on July 18th vs. Ottawa ... Activated from the DL on August 11th.
Had 19, two-hit games and seven, three-hit contests for Norfolk.
At Norfolk, he hit .365 (31-85) with men in scoring position ... Also compiled a .339 (20-59) batting average vs. lefthanded pitching and a .345 (57-165) mark at home.
With the Tides he threw out 15 of the 67 runners (22 percent) who attempted to steal against him.
Began the season with Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League ... Joined New York on May 13th ... Was optioned back to Binghamton on May 15th ... Did not appear in a game.
Was recalled for a second time by the Mets on September 11th.
Made his major league debut as a catcher on September 19th at Pittsburgh.
Collected his first major league hit, a double off the Expos' Mike Thurman, October 5th at Shea.
Saw action in five games as a catcher for New York.
In the minorsBegan the season with Binghamton.
Was recalled by the Mets on May 13th and optioned back to Binghamton on May 15th.
Joined Norfolk (AAA) of the International League on July 23rd and was optioned back to Binghamton on August 6th ... Returned to the Tides on August 23rd.
Went 5-5 with a home run, double and four RBI on July 27th vs. Columbus.
Selected to play in the Florida State League's Mid-Season All-Star Game.
Played one game at Double-A on June 18th and then re-joined Binghamton (AA) on July 31st for the remainder of the season.
Selected to the Florida State League's All-Star team.
Began the year with St. Lucie and moved to Binghamton on June 11th ... Went back to St. Lucie on July 7th.
Moved again from St. Lucie to Binghamton on August 3rd ... Returned to the FSL once more on September 1st.
Spent the majority of the season with Capital City (A) of the South Atlantic League.
Was promoted to St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League on July 27th.
Went 5-5 for St. Lucie on August 1st.
Fielded at a .990 rate as a catcher for Pittsfield (A) of the New York-Penn League.
After the season, he played for the Mets Instructional League team and for Hunter of the Australian Winter League and hit .280.