Phil Leftwich
Brookville Class of 1987
Professional Baseball Player

Phil Leftwich became the first Radford athlete in the major leagues when he joined the California Angels in 1993. The Angelsí top selection in the 1990 Major League draft, he was taken in the second round at pick No. 64. Only a handful of Big South players have ever been selected with a higher pick than Leftwich, and was the highest draft selection in program history until 2012.

A Lynchburg, Va., native, Leftwich was RUís first all-conference and all-state pitcher. He helped Radfordís young baseball program turn the corner, leading the Highlanders to their first winning season in 1989. Leftwich was 7-2 with a 2.88 ERA for the 27-19 Highlanders that year, in only their fifth season of varsity play. Overall, he was 19-14, pitching 25 complete games and 265 innings from 1988-1990. He was named All-Big South in 1988 and 1989.

Leftwich left RU with 13 school pitching records and remains the schoolís career leader in ERA (3.24) and complete games (25).

He made his major league debut on July 29, 1993 against the Oakland Aís and posted a career-low 3.79 ERA in 12 starts as a rookie. His first career win was August 15 of that year at Seattle. Leftwich started 34 career games for the Angels, earned nine wins and posted a 4.99 ERA.

Leftwich was inducted into the Radford University Athletic Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class in 1995.

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