Brett Phillips returned to the Quad-Cities this season looking to build on the lessons learned a year ago, when the River Bandits outfielder got off to a slow start and was reassigned to Greeneville.
This morning, Phillips was rewarded for his work, the lone Quad-Cities player named as a starter for the 2014 Midwest League All-Star Game.
The sixth-round choice of the Astros in the 2012 draft is currently batting .308 for the River Bandits and counts 10 doubles, seven triples and three home runs among his team-leading 60 hits this season. The 20-year-old Seminole, Fla., native also ranks first among current Quad-Cities players with 28 RBI.
Phillips will be playing in the June 17 all-star game at West Michigan’s Fifth Third Ballpark on a Western Division team managed by River Bandits manager Omar Lopez.
Quad-Cities pitching coach Dave Borkowski, hitting coach Joel Chimelis, trainer Michael Rendon and strength and conditioning coach James McNichol will serve as the West all-star staff.
The Western Division starting lineup will also include a pair of Clinton players, catcher Marcus Littlewood and shortstop Jack Reinheimer.
Littlewood is currently batting .286 for the LumberKings and ranks second on the team with 24 RBI, while Reinheimer is batting .286 and has stolen 20 bases for Clinton.
Two other Quad-Cities players, infielder Chan Moon and pitcher Tyler Brunnemann, have also been named to a Western Division roster which also includes Clinton pitchers Emilio Pagan and Edwin Diaz.
There are no players from Western Division leader Kane County in a starting lineup which also includes Eric Aguilera of Burlington at first, Kody Eaves of Burlington at second, Taylor Brennan of Wisconsin at third, Beloit’s Boog Powell and Peoria’s Ronald Castillo in the outfield and Wisconsin’s Clint Coulter as the designated hitter.