Phil Caulfield, a utility player, is back with the Long Island Ducks, members of Major League Baseball partner league Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB), today the team Tweeted.
Caulfield begins his second season on Long Island and sixth in professional baseball. He played in 42 games with the Ducks in 2022 after joining the team midseason. The former Washington Nationals prospect posted a .288 batting average and .393 on-base percentage with two home runs, 20 RBI, 33 runs, 49 hits, eight doubles, two triples and 10 stolen bases with the Flock last year.
“I am very excited to come back to Long Island,” Caulfield said on LIDucks.com. “Everyone is looking forward to winning this year and playing in our ballpark in front of our fans. Everyone’s goal is to win a championship, and personally, I can’t wait to be a part of that. I am excited to be a contributor to that in 2023, and there are great things to come.”
The 28-year-old played a stellar defense, seeing action at second base and shortstop as well as in the outfield, committing just three errors in his time with Long Island.
Caulfield began the 2022 season with Tigres de Quintana Roo in the Mexican League, hitting .312 with three homers, 15 RBI and 12 runs in 22 contests.
The California native started his career in the Washington Nationals organization. Between 2017-19, he played in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League and in Single-A, combining to hit .246 with five homers and 45 RBI across 99 games.
He then went on to split the 2021 season between the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the American Association as well as the Tri-City Valley Cats and New York Boulders of the Frontier League. In 98 contests that year, he totaled seven homers, 32 RBI, 55 runs, 80 hits, 18 doubles, four triples, 15 stolen bases and a .338 OBP.
The Nationals originally selected Caulfield in the 32nd round of the 2017 amateur draft.
— Jerry Del Priore
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