Paul Anthony Philips is a professional baseball player from the United States of America and plays as a catcher. The cousin of infielder Andy Philips, Paul went to the University of Alabama where he played baseball at the collegiate level. Only marginally better than average catchers, Philips was picked in the 9th round of the 1998 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals, an organization where he spent 8 years.
Philips started off in the minor leagues and slowly made his way up to the MLB roster in 2004, making his debut in September. After playing just 4 games in his debut season, he was sent back to the AAA league to play with the Omaha Royals. Philips spent the 2005 season bouncing between the AAA League and the MLB team. In 2005 and 2006, Philips just played 23 games each season at the Major League and was frequently used as a back-up only, i.e. when not playing in the minors.
In 2007, Philips starred mainly for the Omaha Royals while playing just 8 games for the Kansas City Royals in the entire season. At the end of the season, Philips became a free agent and was immediately signed up on a minor league contract by the Chicago White Sox. The January signing with Chicago saw Philips spend a majority of the season at the minor league again, with the Charlotte Knights, while playing just 4 games with the White Sox.
At the end of the 2008 season, Philips again became a free agent, this time the Colorado Rockies signing him up on another single season contract.