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By Thomas J. Sullivan–
With their second-round pick (60th overall) in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft, the Atlanta Braves on Monday, June 3, selected 20-year-old shortstop Beau Philip out of Oregon State University.
Philip was the second Oregon State player to hear his name called on the first day of the 2019 MLB first-year player draft. He joins Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman, who led off the draft as the No. 1 pick by the Baltimore Orioles.
The 6-foot, 188-pound Philip got his start playing in the Citrus Heights Little League at McDonald Field where he was a bright star, says his proud mom, Lu Ann Henderson who spoke to the The Sentinel via phone from Oregon.
“He loved playing Little League Baseball growing up,” she said. “I’m proud of him that he’s realizing his dream to play Major League Baseball.”
Henderson is vice president for commercial real estate sales and leasing for GQ North Real Estate in Fair Oaks. She said her son Beau hasn’t been yet cleared by the Atlanta Braves to talk to the press, but on his behalf wanted to share his good news with members of the Citrus Heights Little League community and their families who watched him play growing up.
“My son grew up and was raised in Citrus Heights,” she said. “Beau attended Holy Family Catholic School from grade three until he graduated eighth grade. He spent his freshmen and sophomore years at Bella Vista High School in Citrus Heights before transferring to El Dorado Hills High for his junior and senior years,” she said.
Philip was a two-year letter winner for head coach Todd Mellon. He was undrafted out of high school.
According to his OSU online bio, he appeared in 52 games as a sophomore at San Joaquin Delta Junior College in Stockton, batting .354 with 18 doubles, four triples, 10 home runs and 47 RBI. He also stole 30 bases.
After his sophomore junior college campaign, Philip was named Rawlings All-American First Team. Additional honors included First Team All-Big 8 and the Gold Glove award for the top defender in the conference, First Team All-League and All-NorCal after the season.
In 44 games at Oregon State, Philip, who bats and hits right-handed, hit .311 with five home runs, 31 RBI, 32 runs scored and a team-high 14 doubles. Philip was an honorable mention selection on the All-Pac-12 defensive team.
Son of Lu Ann Henderson and Stephen Philip, Beau has an older brother and enjoys video games, snowboarding and backpacking in his spare time. He is majoring in human development and family science at Oregon State University.
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