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Mark Phillips, lhp
Hanover HS; Hanover, Pa.


Photo: Rory Glaeseman

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Phillips was an unknown commodity on the national scene until this year because he did not attend any of the major high school showcases last summer. Instead, he pitched his American Legion team to the state title, though he was overworked in the process and worn out by the end of the season. His velocity jumped to 93-94 mph and even touched 95 this spring, attracting crosscheckers in droves. With minor exceptions, he was solid every time out with command of three pitches. He quickly moved past Florida's Sean Burnett and most of the nation's other established high school lefthanders. He was even on the Marlins' short list for the No. 1 pick at one point.

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