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Phillips waits for MLB Draft call

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - JT Phillips had a picture perfect sophomore season at Georgia Perimeter this year. The former Columbus Blue Devil hit .419 on the way to being named GACC Player of the Year, NJCAA First Team All-American at shortstop, and Elite Hitter of the Year in the East Central Region.

But after being passed over in the MLB Draft two years ago after helping lead the Blue Devils to a third straight GHSA state title, Phillips knows that big stats and big honors don't always translate into a phone call from a big league team.

"Going through this before where you were so anxious, now you just want to sit back and relax," Phillips said. "you know that it's not guaranteed, and you kind of wait and relax and hopefully it happens.

"I mean, honestly, you hear a lot of things, and you never really know what to expect because it's just kind of the way the draft works. You never expect anything until it really happens, and that's just kind of the way the baseball world works."

Phillips certainly wants to get his shot at playing professionally, but he said he's not going to make himself crazy worrying about it.

"It'd be awesome, be one of the greatest feelings of my life because it's something that you've worked for your whole life," said Phillips. "Since you started playing tee ball you've been waiting for this call, and it would be just a great feeling.

"If it happens, it happens. I mean, I have a good plan for next year, which I'll be going to Armstrong. If I'm not lucky to go this year, then hopefully I'll do something to catch their attention next year."

The MLB Draft gets underway at 7 pm ET on Thursday night with rounds one and two plus supplemental rounds. Rounds three through ten are set for Friday afternoon, with rounds 11-40 on Saturday.

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