Joshua Lee Phelps
(born May 12, 1978 in Anchorage, Alaska
) is a Major League Baseball first baseman
who plays for the Telemarket Rimini
. He bats and throws right-handed
. A .273 career hitter through with a .472 slugging percentage
, he has hit .300/.496 with runners in scoring position.
High school years
Phelps attended Lakeland High School
in Rathdrum, Idaho
, where he was the baseball
team's Most Valuable Player as a senior, and graduated 4th in his class in 1996 with a 3.94 GPA.
Phelps was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays
as a catcher in the 10th round of the draft. Phelps planned to pursue engineering in college before he signed with the Blue Jays.
Minor league career
In , he led the Florida State League
in slugging percentage (.562), and was 2nd in batting
(.328). He was rated as the 5th best prospect in the organization by Baseball America
In , with Tennessee
of the Southern League
(Double-A), he hit .292, led the league with 36 doubles
and 31 home runs, and was third in RBI
(97). He was the Southern League MVP, was named to their All-Star team as the catcher and designated hitter, was selected to Baseball America's Minor League Second Team All-Star as catcher, was named as the R. Howard Webster Award winner (team MVP), and was twice selected as the SL Player of the Week.
He then hit .433 in 23 games in the Arizona Fall League
. He was rated the top... Read More