A rangy utility man with a sure-handed glove and blazing speed, Phil Caulfield is building a solid reputation in the Washington Nationals minor league system. During the 2017 and 2018 seasons, Caulfield hit .250 in 14 games in Rookie League for the GCL Nationals and .263 in 18 games in Single A short season ball for the Auburn Doubledays, earning a call up to the Hagerstown Suns of the full season Single A South Atlantic League. After overcoming numerous obstacles during his unorthodox career path to the minors, Caulfield has all the confidence in the world as he looks to move up in the minors and eventually achieve his dream of reaching the major leagues.
Caulfield began his career playing at Our Lady of Angels school in Burlingame before moving on to BHS, where he played with fellow minor leaguers Vince Arobio, Jon Engelmann, and Zac Grotz. While serving as team captain during his senior season, he won PAL player of the year honors. Because of his size (5’8”, 170 lbs), however, he never earned a college scholarship offer, so he decided to attend Skyline College, where he played with his brother Tom for two years. In 2015, Caulfield gained the attention of Loyola Marymount scouts after posting a .374 average with 23 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 38 games. He received a scholarship to play at LMU the final two seasons of his career, earning the starting second base position during the second conference series of the year. Caulfield earned All-WCC honors in 2016 and 2017 after batting over .300 through 101 total games. In the summer of 2017, Caulfield was selected in the 32nd round of the MLB draft (973rd overall) by the Washington Nationals. Now his ultimate goal is within reach.
“In order to move up, it’s all about consistency. You have to be able to prove you can play at each level and prove yourself,” Caulfield said. “For me, my defense is always going to be there, but if I’m able to hit consistently, I can move up.”
“I am fortunate to be around a lot of really good players and to be in this organization and altogether I feel really lucky to be given the opportunity,” Caulfield said.