Phelps tabbed for All-Star team

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 25, 2005

Andrew Phelps looked around and started to feel out of place.

The guys were taller and bigger than he his 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame.

But in this case size did not matter. It was Phelps' ability that outshine more than 700 rising junior and senior high school baseball players from across the state who participated in an all-star baseball combine at Wallace Community College in Dothan.

Phelps was named to the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Team as one of the top 120 players in the state.

"I was a little nervous when I got there, but once it got started I felt more comfortable," Phelps said.

While the players were working out in various exercises such as measuring arm strength by how fast the ball was thrown from the outfield into the infield. They were also clocked to see how fast the players could run 60 feet, and then were measured by their hitting.

All of these workouts were done with college baseball coaches from across the state and the southeast in attendance as well as scouts from 10 Major League Baseball teams.

"I think what may have impressed them was my hitting," Phelps said. "I did pretty good as far as arm strength and running the 60, but I did really well hitting."

Phelps, who is 16, batted .419 as a junior at Greenville High. The left-handed hitter has since transferred to Fort Dale Academy, where he will play his senior year.

Since Phelps was named to the all-star squad he will go to Troy University on June 30 to continue workouts

with more college and professional baseball scouts in attendance.

After taking part in the combine, Phelps said he would like to bulk up and work on his arm strength.

"I would like to gain a little more weight, but I don't want to get too big," he said. "I also need to work on my arm speed. I think it was pretty good, but it could be much better."

When it comes to hitting, though, Phelps said the secret to becoming

a better hitter is repetition.

"The more you hit, the better you see the ball," he explained.

Phelps said he plans to play baseball in college. He said he would like to go to Auburn University, but he knows he may have to play junior college ball for two years before transferring.

But he's not stuck on transferring to Auburn, either.

"I'll go anywhere, if they offer me a college scholarship," he said.