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Returning staff ace who fashioned a breakthrough season in 2007, when he became the second Notre Dame pitcher ever to post 100- plus strikeouts (102) and register an ERA under 2.00 (1.88) in the same season (current big-leaguer Aaron Heilman is the other) ... named to the 2008 preseason watch list for the Brooks Wallace national Player of the Year award ... also picked to repeat as a first team all-BIG EAST performer in '08 ... entered his sophomore season with budding confidence, after a strong 2006 fall season that saw him make steady progress while working with Irish pitching coach Sherard Clinkscales ... his key strides from his freshman to sophomore season included consistently finishing off batters with his low-90s fastball and a breaking ball and change-up that both were fine tuned for efficiency ... bring a bulldog mentality to the mound in every appearance ... one of the hardest throwers on the team who can spot his explosive fastball with movement on both sides of the plate ... could emerge as an Academic All-America candidate, due to his 3.24 cumulative grade-point average that includes an impressive 3.50 in-season GPA during the 2006 spring semester ... was slated to pitch alongside three classmates and fellow pitchers (Kyle Weiland, Sam Elam and Brett Graffy) during the summer of 2007, with the Cape Cod League's Falmouth Commodores ... ultimately opted to rest his arm during the summer of '07, after making a pair of starts with Falmouth (7.27, 8.2 IP, 21 H, 5 BB, 5 Ks) ... played for the Alaska League's Mat-Su Miners in the summer of '06, going 3-2 in seven starts, with a 3.02 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 47.2 innings (23 walks, 32 hits allowed/1 home run, 3 hit batters, 2 wild pitches, a pair of complete games, a shutout and a save) ... has drawn game- 1 starts in each of the past three Blue- Gold Series (fall intrasquad), with no-decisions in the first two games and a loss in '07 (his career BGS stats include a 4.85 ERA, 13.0 IP, 12 R/8 ER, 13 H, 7 BB, 9 Ks) ... lost game-1 in '07 BGS, for Gold team that went on to win series (4.2 IP, 5 R/2 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, HB, 2 Ks; 1-8) ...had strong outing in '06 with Blue (5 IP, R, 3 H, BB, HB, 5 Ks) but Gold won that 2-1 pitchers duel and went on to win the series ... also started BGS opener in '05 (3.1 IP, 6 R/5 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 2 Ks, HB, WP), with his Blue teammates rallying for 7-6 win and later taking the series ... his older brother Mike Phelps pitches in the Chicago Cubs organization ... joins former 1B/LHP Joe Thaman ('04; St. Louis) as recent Missouri natives to monogram with a Notre Dame baseball program that includes 14 alltime monogram winners from the show-me state ... could face his former teammate Joe Ercalano when the Irish play Lehigh in '08 season.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Bounced back from rocky freshman season by turning in one of the best seasons ever by a Notre Dame pitcher in 2007 ... named first team all- BIG EAST Conference while becoming the second Notre Dame pitcher ever to post 100- plus strikeouts (102) and an ERA under 2.00 during the same season (1.88) ... also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors and advanced to the Academic All-America ballot, after carrying a 3.36 cumulative GPA into the 2007 season ... joined former All- Americans Aaron Heilman (in '99) and Chris Niesel (in '03) as youngest Notre Dame pitchers ever named to BIG EAST's top team (each earned the honor as sophomores) ... Heilman is the only other Notre Dame pitcher ever to reach 100 Ks while also having a sub-2.00 ERA in the same season (111 Ks, 1.74 ERA; as a senior in 2001) ... entered the final month of the '07 season up for pitcher-of-the-year honors, with Louisville junior Zack Pitts ultimately taking home that award ... finished '07 season as league leader in overall ERA (1.87; 14th in the nation) and strikeouts (102; sixth in ND history) while ranking third among BIG EAST pitchers with 110.1 innings, seventh in lowest opp. batting average (.236) and eighth in wins (8-5) ... was one of only six pitchers in the nation who entered '07 postseason with an ERA under 2.00, eight or more wins and 90-plus strikeouts ... in '07 regular-season BIG EAST games, he finished second in ERA (2.14, trailing only Seton Hall's Keith Cantwell) plus first in strikeouts (67) and innings (71.1), second in Ks looking (26) and pickoffs (4), third in wins (5-3) and 10th in lowest opp. batting (.242) ... pitched well enough to win at least 13 of his 15 starts ... posted the 11th-best season ERA in the Notre Dame record book and eighth-best of the aluminum-bat era (since early-'80s) ... led '07 staff in ERA, wins, strikeouts, innings, starts (15; sixth in BIG EAST), Ks looking (42) and groundouts (119), also ranking third on staff in lowest opp. batting avg. ... had 15 more innings pitched than hits allowed (96, six of them HRs) ... finished with staff's second-best Kto- walk ratio (3.4; 102/30) ... his nine-inning averages included a team-best 7.1 innings per start, 8.3 Ks (second on the team) and 2.5 walks (third-lowest on staff), plus 7.8 hits ... became the fifth different Notre Dame pitcher ever to reach 100 strikeouts in a season ... posted double-digit strikeouts three times during '07 regular season and added 9- K game in the BIG EAST Tournament versus Villanova ... totaled five complete games while becoming third Notre Dame pitcher ever to post four or more (4) nine-inning complete games in a season (Heilman had five and Danny Tamayo four, both in 2001) ... allowed 0-2 earned runs in 13 of his 16 starts ... unearned runs led to Irish losses in three of his starts (vs. Texas State, Pitt and Villanova) ... 12 of the runs charged to him were unearned and the Irish offense averaged only 5.4 runs/gm in his 16 starts ... the only Notre Dame pitchers to total more Ks in a season are Heilman (118 in '99 and '00; 111 in '01), Jeff Manship (111 in '06) and Tamayo (106 in '01) ... held '07 opposing batters to .212 batting with runners on base (secondbest on the staff) and was third on staff in opp. batting by lefthanded hitters (.243), RH hitters (.232) and in opp. leadoff on-base pct. (.336; 3 per 9 IP) ... proved to be very strong at the start of games, compiling a 1.50 ERA while allowing only a .236 opp. batting avg. in the 1st-4th innings (51 Ks/12 BB, 53 H in 60 IP) ... feasted on first look at opponent's bottom of the order, as he allowed only two earned runs in the 2nd inning all season ... had no-decision in opening week versus Texas State (5 IP, R, 6 H/solo HR, 2 BB, then career-high 7 Ks; 1-2 loss) ... followed with pair of prime-time wins over #12 TCU (6 IP, UER, 5 H, BB, 5 Ks, 24 BF, 57 of 88 pitches for strikes; 4-1, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.) and #7 Nebraska (5 IP, 5 R/1 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, HB, 3 Ks, 108 pitches; 16-6, at Stetson) ... lost 3-0 pitchers' duel with Sacred Heart's Jay Monti (the national ERA leader), in Clearwater, Fla. (7 IP, 3 R/1 ER, 6 H, BB, 6 Ks) ... added springbreak win over N.Y. Tech (7 IP, R, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 Ks; 12-1, at Florida Gulf Coast) ... won classic 1-0 showdown with South Florida ace Danny Otero (9 IP, 3 H, BB, HB, 10 Ks, 78 of 115 pitches for strikes) ... became first ND pitcher since J.P. Gagne in 2001 (vs. BYU) to toss a 9-inning solo shutout ... also was 10th different ND pitcher since '95 to post solo 9- inning shutout (only two others on that list had double-digit Ks) ... the thriller with USF marked only the seventh time in 15 seasons (and 900 games) that the Irish had played in a 1-0 game ... joined Gagne as the only ND pitchers (since '91, and possibly earlier) to post a solo 9-inning shutout in a 1-0 game ... hard-luck loser at Pittsburgh (6.2 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 2 BB, 3 Ks; 2-4) and Cincinnati (8 IP, 4 R/1 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, WP, 7 Ks; 3-4) before rattling off wins over Georgetown (7 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, HB, 8 Ks; 10-0), West Virginia (9 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 3 BB, 6 Ks; 5-20, at league-leading Rutgers (7 IP, 3 R, 7 H, HB, WP, 7 Ks; 15-3) and back home against Seton Hall (9 IP, R, 5 H, 11 Ks; 3-1) ... lost much-anticipated showdown with Pitts at Louisville (7.2 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 3 BB, HB, 11 Ks; 1-3) and had no-decision versus UConn in final regular-season series (8 IP, 4 R/3 ER, 12 H, 4 BB, 2 HB, 4 Ks; 5-4) ... finished strong in BIG EAST Tournament loss to Villanova (9 IP, 3 R/2 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 9 Ks, 78 of 123 pitches for strikes; 1-3).

AS A FRESHMAN: Served primarily as a reliever while logging three starts among his 12 appearances ... his 26.2 innings tied for second-most among the four rookie pitchers, behind Freshman All-American Kyle Weiland's 49.1 ... won both of his decisions while posting a 7.09 ERA, better than a 2-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (23/10) and a .280 opponent batting average (30 hits, none of them home runs) ... had a solid midseason stretch with a 1.15 ERA in span of six outings (15.2 IP) but his season also included inconsistency with his control and focus (5 hit batters, 2 wild pitches, 2 balks) ... owned third-best groundout-to-flyout ratio on the staff (1.5), also ranking fourth on staff in groundout rate (11.1 per 9 IP) and fifth with 7.8 Ks per 9 IP (18.9 of his outs per 9 IP came via Ks or GOs) ... held righthanded hitters to .237 batting avg. (4th on staff) ... allowed 3- of-4 inherited baserunners to score but limited the first batters faced in his outings to 2-for-8 batting (BB, R, 4 Ks) ... his bad luck debut included three unearned runs charged to him in 10-inning loss to Memphis, in Millington, Tenn. (2 IP, 4 R, 4 H, HB, 3 Ks; 6-7) ... allowed only one run in 2-inning stint the next week versus potent Nebraska team, at the Metrodome (H, BB, HB, 2 Ks) ... pitcher of record in comeback win over #15 Texas A&M (5-4, in San Antonio), despite allowing two-run single by first batter he faced (he then rolled up a groundout to end the 7th and the Irish pushed across four in the 8th) ... had his first start later on spring-break trip, in 10-8 loss to Iowa (2.1 IP, 4 R, 4 H, BB, HB, 2 Ks, WP, HB) ... recovered from rough start in his home debut (vs. Central Michigan; 3.2 IP, 7 R, 7 H, BB, HB, K, 2 BK; 11- 9) by allowing only two runs over his next six outings and 15.2 innings (8 H, 6 BB, 14 Ks) ... tossed two shutout innings in 12-0 win over Valparaiso (BB, 3 Ks, WP) and then had shutout frame in 10-4 win at South Florida (3 BB, K) ... won his final start in 8-2 game with Manchester, (season-high 7 Ks, 7 IP, 4 H, BB, HB) ... allowed pair of runs in 11-8 loss to Bowling Green that ended team's record-setting 23-game winning streak (3.2 IP, 4 H, BB, K) ... added shutout innings to help beat Cleveland State (K; 12-1) and Louisville (K; 11-3) ... made final appearance in 14-12 win at Seton Hall (0.2 IP, 6 R, 5 H, BB, K).

PREP & PERSONAL: Three-year regular at Hazelwood West High School, compiling 2.96 career ERA, 14-4 record and 172 Ks in 109.2 innings (27 GP/17 GS, 9 CG, 6 SV 46 BB) ... his 9-inning career averages included 14.1 Ks and 3.8 walks (3.7 K-to-BB ratio) ... was listed by Baseball America as top prospect in Missouri among '05 prep seniors (#76 in nation) while Team One slotted him as nation's #84 prospect (31st among RHPs) ... named all-state as senior team MVP (1.56, 6- 2, 3 SV, 88 K, 19 BB, 54 IP, 5 CG, 11 GP/8 GS) ... set school record with 30-inning scoreless streak in '05 ... team captain, all-conference and all-metro performer in '04 and '05 ... his '04 stats included 2.65 ERA and 59 Ks in 34.1 IP (4-2, 2 SV, 13 BB, 9 GP/5 GS, 3 CG) ... all-conference pitcher and outfielder in '03 (conference champs) and '04 ... logged 3.61 ERA and 25 Ks as sophomore in '03 (4-0, save, 14 BB, 21.1 IP, 7 GP/4 GS, CG) ... tossed 1-hitter in '04 vs. St. Charles and in '04 summer with Midwest Prospects, totaling 16 Ks versus Colorado-based Play Ball Sports team (at Omaha tournament) ... earned all-state honors with SLABA team in 8th and 10th grade, also playing in Perfect Game showcases as junior and senior ... invited to Area Code Games as a junior, in California with Chicago White Sox team ... his brother Mike Phelps was a pitcher at Central Missouri and a 2005 draft pick of the Chicago Cubs ... lettered twice in basketball at HWHS ... an honor-roll student and member of National Honor Society ... born Oct. 9, 1986, in St. Louis ... full name is David Edward Phelps ... son of Alan and Sandy Phelps ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters, majoring in political science and computer applications.

Phelp's Career Stats
200612/3/026.230 242110232 52.28002-0 07.09
200715/5/5110.196 3523301023 90.23668-5 01.88
Career27/18/5137.0126 5944401255 142.245610-5 02.89

David Phelps
David  Phelps


Hazelwood, MO

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 190

Righthanded Pitcher



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