Texas Rangers prospect Tyler Phillips has been one of the breakout minor leaguers for the Rangers this year. The 20 year old righthander, a 16th round pick in the 2015 draft, has put up a 3.27 ERA in 88 innings this season for the low-A Hickory Crawdads, with a remarkable 85:10 K:BB ratio, and just 3 home runs allowed. He’s been someone who there’s been buzz about for a while, and we have been seeing him finally take that step forward many have been waiting for since he was drafted.
Mark Parker, who covers the Hickory Crawdads, has a lengthy interview up with Phillips at his blog. He talks to Phillips about the strides he’s taken, the development of his changeup, and managing his emotions on the mound, among other things. Its a really good interview with a guy who could end up contributing in a Ranger rotation in the future, so I’d encourage you to check it out.