Phillip signed a minor league contract with the Cubs December 17, 2018 and is a non-roster invitee to major league Spring Training ... is in his ninth pro season ... his first eight seasons were in the Mets organization ... Made his major league debut with the Mets in 2017, batting .303 (10-for-33) in 19 games ... also appeared in 15 games last season ... overall, has batted .241 (13-for-54) with two doubles and two RBI in 34 games ... Has appeared in 671 minor league games since debuting in 2011, batting .260 (623-for-2,396) with 119 doubles, nine triples and 44 homers ... Selected by the Mets in the 15th round of the 2011 draft out of La Costa Canyon (Calif.) High School ... he batted .392 with seven homers in his senior season ... was committed to San Diego State University before signing with the Mets.
Phillip made his first major league Opening Day roster ... went 3-for-21 in 15 games with the Mets, including four starts ... Optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas April 5 ... also with the Mets from May 16-22 and May 28-30 ... was designated for assignment on June 6 and outrighted on June 8 ... had his contract selected on July 24 ... Notched a pinch-hit RBI single, stolen base and scored a run on July 25 vs. San Diego ... were his only RBI, run scored and stolen base of the season ... With Las Vegas, Evans hit .256 (56-for-219) with eight doubles, one triple, a career-high 14 homers and 39 RBI in 62 games ... was on the seven-day Disabled List from June 21-July 12 ... Suffered a fractured left tibia on August 1 ... was placed on the 10-Day D.L. on August 2 ... transferred to the 60-Day Disabled List on August 17.
Had his contract selected from Las Vegas (AAA) on September 8...Made his major league debut as a pinch-hitter that night vs. Cincinnati... Grabbed his first major league hit with a pinch-hit double on September 9...Made his first career start on September 17 at Atlanta...Collected his first RBI and scored his first run on September 17 at Atlanta... Went 4-12 (.333) with one double as a pinchhitter... Appeared in six games at third base and two games at second base...Batted .279 (130-466) with 26 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs, 56 RBI and 58 runs scored in 127 games for the 51s in his first season at the Triple-A level...Hit .328 (61-186) with 15 of his 26 doubles and six of his 11 home runs in the second half.
Won the Eastern League batting title while playing at Binghamton (AA) with a .335 (121-361) average...Had 30 doubles, which was tied for the fifth-most in the EL, eight home runs and 39 RBI in 96 games...His .374 on-base percentage was sixth-best in the league...Began the year with St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League and moved to Binghamton on April 22...Batted over .320 in three different months with Binghamton...Hit .333 (17-51) in May, .321 (25-78) in June and .398 (43-108) in August...Turned in 37 multi-hit games (24, two-hit games, 10, three-hit games and three, four-hit games)...Hit .330 (30-91) vs. lefthanded pitching and .337 (91-270) vs. righthanded pitching...Had a least one hit in 14-of-16 games between August 2-20...Batted .478 (32-67) in that time... Was the Eastern League's Player of the Week for the week of August 15-20...Played for Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League...Batted .311 (23-74) with five doubles, one triple, one home run and 13 RBI in 19 games.