Paul Phillips began the 2009 season in the bullpen for the Stone Crabs. He appeared in 18 games and was 2-1 with 2 saves, a 3.33 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 27.0 innings on the mound before his promotion to Montgomery.
Phillips was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth round of the 2005 draft. He spent four seasons in the Blue Jays farm system, earning all-star nomination in 2007 as a member of the Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League. Phillips was released by the Blue Jays in June 2008 and then signed on with the Rays prior to the start of 2009 where he was assigned to the Stone Crabs to start the season.
He was promoted from the Stone Crabs to the Montgomery Biscuits on June 3, 2009. He remained with the Biscuits for the until a late season 2010 call-up to the Durham Bulls.