(Updated) Texas Rangers draft JT Phillips

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comJune 7, 2014 

Former Columbus High standout JT Phillips was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Saturday.

Phillips was taken as the 546th player overall.

The Rangers selected Phillips as a pitcher.

Phillips played for Georgia Perimeter College last season and earned Georgia Junior College Athletic Association Player of the Year. He also earned NJCAA all-America honors.

As a pitcher, he compiled seven saves. He went 2-2 with a 2.75 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 36 innings.

Phillips also played shortstop for Georgia Perimeter. Phillips batted .419, which was 18th best in the nation among junior college players. He also had 50 RBIs.

Phillips was a part of the 2006 Little League team from Columbus that won the Little League World Series. He also was a part of three state championships at Columbus High.

He signed earlier this week with Division II Armstrong Atlantic in Savannah, Ga. He would play there if he decides not to sign with the Rangers.

Phillips' teammate on the Little League team and at Columbus High, Kyle Carter, was not drafted. Carter led his Miami Dade team to the JUCO world series last month. Carter won the world series opener but suffered the loss in the championship game. Carter will likely now play at Division II Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

Other local players not drafted included:

Jamal Howard, Central High outfielder, who has signed with Alabama.

John Holland, CVCC shortstop, who has signed with Mississippi State.

Dalton Rentz, CVCC pitcher, who has signed with Auburn.

Trevor Kieboom, CVCC third baseman, who has signed with Georgia.

Trevor Martin, CVCC catcher, who has signed with South Carolina.

Michael O’Neal, Auburn pitcher by way of Pacelli High and CVCC, completed his senior season at Auburn.

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