Denis Phipps

Denis Phipps
Phipps batting for the Dayton Dragons, single-A affiliates of the Cincinnati Reds, in 2008
Sugar Land Skeeters – No. 29
Born: (1985-07-22) July 22, 1985
San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 2012, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
(through 2012 season)
Batting average .300
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 2

Denis Phipps (born July 22, 1985) is a professional baseball outfielder for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds in 2012.


He was called up to the majors for the first time on September 1, 2012.[1] Phipps hit the first homer of his Major League career, a two-run shot against the Los Angeles Dodgers' Ronald Belisario on September 23, 2012.

He played in the Dominican Professional Baseball League six seasons with Estrellas Orientales before joining Leones del Escogido for the 2013/14 season, after posting in 17 games an average of .220.[2] He won the 2012 Caribbean Series with Leones del Escogido, playing as a reinforcement and on loan from Estrellas Orientales.[3]


Phipps started the 2014 season with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights. He was released by the Chicago White Sox on May 9.[4] He then joined the Broncos de Reynosa of the Mexican League[5] to play the second half of the 2014 Mexican season.[6] He then joined the Laredo Lemurs from the 2014 season of the American Association[7] accumulating a .335 with 15 home runs and 15 doubles[8] but being unable to reach the championship series, losing to Wichita in the semifinal round.[9]


He played the 2015 season with Laredo Lemurs from the American Association ending with a .336 batting average after 17 home runs, 24 doubles, with 76 RBI'sand a league tied leading 127 hits.[10] He was selected to the league's post season all-star team.[11]

For the 2015/16 season of the Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League he joined Gigantes de Rivas in October[12] but he then signed with Caribes de Anzoátegui from the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League in November 2015 after posting a .205 batting average in 11 games.[13] He debuted on 21 November 2015 and contributed with his team until losing in the playoffs.[14] He finished the season batting .316 with 6 home runs and 4 doubles.[2]


He then joined the Acereros de Monclova for the 2016 season. Before being released on May 24, 2016,[10] he played 44 games with 8 homers.[15]

He played his third season with the American Association team Laredo Lemurs, being chosen to play the 2016 American Association All-Star Game as Designate Hitter.[16] Phipps played 92 games and with 24 home runs was league leader,[17] also having 21 stolen bases, 62 RBI's and batted .280.[8] He was the second player in the league who achieve having 20-plus home runs and 20-plus stolen bases.[18]

He returned to the Venezuelan league with Caribes de Anzoátegui for the 2016/17 season,[15] winning the Producer of the Year award and was third in the Most Valuable Player voting,[19] when he batted .327 with 11 home runs, 40 runs batted ins and 46 scored.[20]


He then was unsuccessful with Caribes in the playoffs besides his 3 home runs and 12 RBI's that made him being chosen best player and later played the league's finals with Cardenales de Lara, but lost to Águilas del Zulia the championship. He was chosen to play the 2017 Caribbean Series with Zulia.[21]

On April 20, 2017, Phipps signed with the Laredo Lemurs of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball for his fourth season,[22] but he became a free agent on May 8, 2017 when the Laredo Lemurs folded, with Phipps[23]

On May 17, 2017, Phipps signed with the Texas Airhogs of the American Association, finishing the season after 86 games with 18 doubles and lead the team in batting average with .314, 10 home runs and 58 runs batted in.[24][25] He later started the 2017/18 Venezuelan Season with Anzoátegui, but was released in early November 2017 after only batting .123[26] and returned to the Nicaraguan league with Gigantes de Rivas.[25]


On January 16, 2018, Phipps was traded by the Texas AirHogs of the American Association to the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.[27] He officially signed with the team on May 14, 2018.

Phipps helped the Gigantes de Rivas to reach the Nicaraguan league final series, but they lost to the Tigres de Chinandega 2-3.[28]


  1. Baker to use September callups cautiously
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  28. Tijerino, Edgard (2018-01-18). "Tigres escalan la montaña". El Nuevo Diario (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-01-20.
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