Former Seminole outfielder Brett Phillips is officially a Houston Astro.
Phillips, a sixth-round pick in last week’s MLB first-year player draft, signed a contract that included a $300,000 signing bonus, according to his adviser, Loren Pincus. The contract also includes a clause that the Astros will pay Phillips' college tuition. He will report to Kissimmee on Tuesday and will be assigned to the club’s Gulf Coast League team.
“We were able to get more than what Brett was slotted for ($201,900),’’ said Pincus, son of Seminole coach Jeff Pincus. “The plan is to get Brett into the system and fast track him through the minors.’’
Phillips, the Times' Pinellas County Player of the Year, hit .354 in his senior season with the Warhawks. He was also 67-for-67 in fielding attempts. The Gulf Coast League season begins June 18.
Pincus said the Phillies were interested in taking Phillips in the fourth round of the draft but could not match the bonus money offered by Houston.