Phillip Evans

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Phillip Mathew Evans

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Infielder Philip Evans reached the majors with the New York Mets in 2017 after having been a 15th round selection in the 2011 amateur draft. After playing 19 games that first season and another 15 in 2018, he spent all of 2019 in the minors with the Iowa Cubs, the AAA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. He then played for the Mexican national team in the 2019 Premier 12, going 0 for 6 as a backup infielder (and handling 9 chances error-free) as the team won a spot in the 2020 Olympics (which were later delayed due to COVID-19). He backed up Efrén Navarro at 1B, Esteban Quiroz at 2B and José Vargas at 3B. The team included many Americans of Mexican descent other than Evans, including Jon Jones, Arturo Reyes, Matt Clark, Adam Quintana, Brennan Bernardino, Horacio Ramirez, Ryan Verdugo, Justin Kelly and Navarro.

In 2020, he made the Pittsburgh Pirates' opening day roster, and started at third base in the team's second base that season. On August 8th, he was playing first base in a game against the Detroit Tigers when he was hurt in a violent collision with RF Gregory Polanco. The two were going after a foul ball off the bat of Miguel Cabrera in the 6th inning. Polanco caught the ball, but Evans got the worst of the shock as he was hit in the face by Polanco's elbow and had to be stretchered and evacuated to a nearby hospital. He had been one of the team's bright spots and their best hitter, hitting .359 with 9 RBIs in 11 games; he had hit his first major league homer the day before the collision. He missed the rest of the season with a concussion.

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