“I really liked the campus and the coaches and decided that’s where I wanted to be.”
The scouts aren’t really all over me because I’m not you’re typical blow-away fastball type of guy, but I’m working on that.
In his mind’s eye for the future, Phillips wants to own a business, and will shape curriculum around a degree in the business field. But he does not see himself cooped up in an office, and may seek a double major, adding kinesiology or physical therapy to the mix.
But business ownership may have to wait a while, as Shay’s nearer-future plans include his further development on the mound, to capture the attention of a major-league team or a major university — or both.
“I gained a lot of confidence with the success we had last year,” he said, “enough to know I could extend my baseball career and play at the college level.”
Immediate plans for Phillips have nothing to do with college (now that is taken care of) and more to do with the next few months as he finishes out his senior year.
Brock baseball took a sweet ride last season, advancing all the way to the Class 2A baseball state tournament in Round Rock, ending with a 1-0 loss in the semi-final round.
“The state championship is really [foremost] in my mind right now, so much so, that I have a hard time focusing on school,” Phillips said with a grin. “It was heart-breaking to be so close last year — one run and one out away — but I know we have the talent and the work ethic this year to get back to the state tournament.
“And I really don’t think there is anybody in the state that is going to work any harder than I will.”