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Brian Barber

Brian Barber was one of the most heralded prep baseball players to come outBrian Barber of the Orlando area during the 1990's.  His blistering 92-mph fastball made the big right hander a terror on the hill for Dr. Phillips, posting a perfect 11-0 record in 1991 (still a team record) and led the Panthers to the state Final Four.  Following his extraordinary career, Barber was named the State, Regional and National Gatorade Player of the Year, the only Panther to hold all three distinctions.

Brian Barber was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round (22nd pick) of the 1991 Major League Baseball draft.  His first strikeout came at the expense of Jose Canseco in a spring training game and  he made his Major League debut August 12, 1995 against the San Diego Padres.  Barber spent two years with the Cardinals before signing as a free agent with the Kansas City Royals in 1998 and later, the Cleveland Indians in 1999.  His promising career was cut short due to arm trouble, unfortunately.

Barber has been fortunate to stay in professional baseball as one of the top amateur scouts in America.  He was recently named the New York Yankees East Coast Regional cross checker and is responsible for  assessing hundreds of prospective Major Leaguers each year. 

Brian Barber is a fixture around the Dr. Phillips Baseball program each season.  His loyalty and consistent support of DP Baseball is widely recognized and appreciated.  As one of only four graduates to play in the Majors, Barber remains a legend at John Barbati Field.  In 2001, Barber was inducted into the Dr. Phillips Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2005, his uniform number 5, along with the numbers of fellow Major Leaguers Johnny Damon, Danny Miceli and A.J. Pierzynski,  was retired.

 

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