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Phillips nabbed in 21st round by Tigers

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky senior southpaw Alex Phillips has been picked in the 21st round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers, going No. 664 overall, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.

A 6-foot-4, 210-pound lefty, Phillips becomes the sixth UK player picked in the 2012 MLB Draft. A native of Puyallup, Wash., Peterson joins outfielder Brian Adams (eighth round; Padres), catcher Luke Maile (eighth round; Rays), left-hander Taylor Rogers (11th round; Twins), third baseman Thomas McCarthy (18th round; White Sox) and right-hander Tim Peterson (20th round; Mets).

Phillips anchored a UK bullpen that ranked as one of the tops in the nation in 2012, helping UK to a historic 45 win season. The durable lefty helped lead UK to a 32-1 record when UK was leading after only four innings and a 40-0 record when leading after seven frames. UK also set a school team record with 22 saves.

A native of Tenino, Wash., Phillips led the team for the second consecutive season in appearances (30), ranking second-most in UK single-season history with eight saves. Phillips posted a 5-2 record and a 3.03 ERA, tossing 59.1 innings and allowing only 43 hits and 18 walks. Phillips struck out 50 and opponents hit just .206 against the southpaw.

In his two-year career, Phillips has appeared in 58 games, owning a 6-4 record and a 3.08 ERA, saving 10 games. Phillips tossed 96.1 innings in his career, allowing 89 hits and walking only 19, with 78 strikeouts and a .245 opponent average. Phillips finished his career with the seventh-most saves in UK career history.

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