The Pittsburgh Pirates signed left handed pitcher Barrett Phillips as a non-drafted free agent late last year, with Phillips making his debut this year with the GCL Pirates. Phillips, who turned 20 in late June, had a surprising season for a non-drafted free agent, posting a 2.63 ERA in 37.2 innings with a 7.4 K/9 ratio and a 1.9 BB/9 ratio, which combined as one of the best stat lines from the 2010 GCL pitching staff.
Phillips was named one of the biggest surprises, and one of the top ten prospects from the 2010 GCL team in the 2010 GCL Pirates Season Recap. John Dreker of Pirates Prospects recently had a chance to ask Barrett a few questions on signing with the Pirates in 2009, and on his 2010 season with the GCL Pirates.
John: Could you start by letting everyone know how you came about signing with the Pirates organization, and who else was looking at signing you?
Barrett: I signed with the Pirates because of their great history in the game of baseball and my great grandf...
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