Apr 11, 2022; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Brett Phillips (35) catches a foul ball as he pitches the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays let position player Brett Phillips pitch for two innings on Monday night against the Oakland A’s in a blowout, and it was certainly entertaining (as it always is from him).

The highlight of the outing was easily an absolutely ridiculous defensive play Phillips made on a pop-up (after he threw a 49 mph pitch).

Oakland’s Seth Brown hit a pop-up into foul territory near the third-base dugout. Phillips sprinted a long way, before sliding a long way, and made an incredible catch.

This is absurd, and you can see why Phillips is an excellent defensive outfielder:

Phillips’ first inning of work featured just five pitches. He capped off the scoreless inning with a double-play ball.

On the first out of that inning, Phillips told Oakland’s Cristian Pache to hit the weight room after a deep flyout.

The second inning of work didn’t go as smoothly for Phillips. Oakland’s Sheldon Neuse cranked a grand slam off a 44 mph heater from Phillips.


We got a little bit of everything — except velocity — in those two innings.

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