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Birth Date5-30-1994
Height6' 0"
Weight185 lbs
Age23 years, 9 months, 20 days
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MLB Statistics

2017 MIL 23 37 98 87 9 24 3 0 4 39 9 34 1 0 1 12 5 0 .276 .351 .448 .293 6.7 4.3 1.1

Statistics for All Levels

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2012 AST Rk 54 219 .277 .251 .316 .356 .252 .336 95 4.4 6.8 0.4 8.0 -0.2 11.4 1.9 11.4 1.9
2013 QUD A 12 44 .233 .254 .325 .381 .263 .310 100 -1.3 1.2 0.1 -0.2 -0.5 -0.4 -0.1 -0.4 -0.1
2013 GRV Rk 29 113 .284 .238 .314 .359 .250 .318 91 2.9 3.3 0.3 3.4 -1.7 4.7 0.8 4.7 0.8
2014 QUD A 103 443 .320 .257 .329 .384 .269 .341 97 28.4 12.6 -2.2 4.8 2.3 41.2 4.7 41.2 4.7
2014 LNC A+ 27 128 .320 .290 .354 .472 .283 .384 109 7.4 3.3 0.3 -2.6 0.3 11.4 0.9 11.4 0.9
2015 LNC A+ 66 322 .328 .261 .326 .396 .270 .368 117 21.9 8.7 0 1.8 3.0 33.6 3.8 33.6 3.8
2015 BLX AA 23 98 .286 .262 .334 .376 .268 .385 97 2.6 2.6 0.2 3.9 0.8 6.3 1.1 6.3 1.1
2015 CCH AA 31 145 .294 .257 .332 .393 .261 .393 109 5 3.9 0.2 7.0 2.6 11.6 2.0 11.6 2.0
2015 SUR Wnt 7 32 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .429 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016 BLX AA 124 517 .278 .249 .317 .366 .262 .311 91 9.3 13.9 0.2 0.9 1.5 24.9 2.8 24.9 2.8
2016 SRR Wnt 19 82 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .325 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 MIL MLB 37 98 .293 .251 .322 .425 .266 .408 95 3.4 2.9 0.1 4.3 0.3 6.7 1.1 6.7 1.1
2017 CSP AAA 105 432 .295 .275 .342 .437 .270 .412 117 17 13.0 -2.1 1.4 2.1 30.1 3.1 30.1 3.1

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2012 AST Rk 219 26 44 7 6 0 13 28 48 7 5 .251 .360 .360 .109 .277 11.4 8.0 1.9
2013 GRV Rk 113 9 21 7 1 0 9 17 21 4 3 .247 .371 .353 .106 .284 4.7 3.4 0.8
2013 QUD A 44 4 9 2 0 0 3 3 10 1 1 .231 .286 .282 .051 .233 -0.4 -0.2 -0.1
2014 LNC A+ 128 19 37 8 2 4 10 14 20 5 4 .339 .421 .560 .220 .320 11.4 -2.6 0.9
2014 QUD A 443 68 116 21 12 13 58 36 76 18 10 .302 .362 .521 .219 .320 41.2 4.8 4.7
2015 BLX AA 98 14 20 7 3 0 6 14 30 2 1 .250 .361 .412 .163 .286 6.3 3.9 1.1
2015 CCH AA 145 22 43 8 4 1 18 8 26 7 2 .321 .372 .463 .142 .294 11.6 7.0 2.0
2015 LNC A+ 322 68 93 19 7 15 53 22 64 8 6 .320 .379 .588 .268 .328 33.6 1.8 3.8
2015 SUR Wnt 32 5 9 3 1 0 3 5 5 1 1 .346 .452 .538 .192 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016 BLX AA 517 60 101 14 6 16 62 67 154 12 7 .229 .332 .397 .168 .278 24.9 0.9 2.8
2016 SRR Wnt 82 14 13 3 1 0 9 18 23 6 2 .210 .383 .290 .081 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 CSP AAA 432 79 117 23 10 19 78 45 129 9 1 .305 .377 .567 .261 .295 30.1 1.4 3.1
2017 MIL MLB 98 9 24 3 0 4 12 9 34 5 0 .276 .351 .448 .172 .293 6.7 4.3 1.1

Plate Discipline

2017 430 0.4488 0.4116 0.6780 0.5699 0.2827 0.6909 0.6567 0.3220 0 0.000000

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2017 MIL $


Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 53 d1 year (2017)

  • 1 year (2017). Contract selected by Milwaukee 11/18/16. Re-signed by Milwaukee 3/17.
  • Acquired by Milwaukee in trade from Houston 7/30/15.
  • Drafted by Houston 2012 (6-189) (Seminole HS, Fla.). $0.3M signing bonus ($0.2019M slot).

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2017-10-17 20:00:00 (link to chat)How much has Bradley Zimmer's stock dropped after this past year? Low avg (expected) but not much power either. Thoughts on his future?
(Cole Whittier from Pasadena, CA)
I think it's probably dropped a bit, especially in prospect circles, but I'm assuming most teams aren't incredibly worried, or at least are willing to give him more of a chance. I think toolsy guys like Zimmer do one of two things after a down year: continue the cycle (see: Dom Brown) or break out of it (see Brett Phillips). I'm sure a ton of GMs (and Cleveland) are excited to see if he can become the latter. (Trevor Strunk)
2017-09-29 12:00:00 (link to chat)Is Brett Phillips anything more than an solid defense-first 4th OF in the bigs?
(Nolan from WI)
I think he'll be good enough to start most years, but it's a volatile profile. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-08-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Should Brewers fans be concerned about the struggles Brett Phillips has had this season?
(Thatoneguy from Milwaukee)
I don't think so. Brett Phillips is the kind of prospect that gets underrated due to his low batting average. He's still a potential 15/20 guy in Miller Park with quality defense in center field. He may be a league-average regular, rather than a perennial All-Star, but guys like Colby Rasmus still have long big-league careers. (J.P. Breen)
2016-08-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)With all these top CF prospects how do you see Broxton fitting in longer term?
(Jspitz from Sherman Oaks)
Keon Broxton deserves to get everyday at-bats, as the team needs to determine whether they have a potential long-term starter. Lewis Brinson is the long-term solution. Brett Phillips still has a big-league future, too, which means the Brewers are amassing depth and will eventually be able to deal from that depth to improve their squad elsewhere. (J.P. Breen)
2016-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which group of players will the Astros regret trading more? Dealing away Vincent Velasquez and Mark Appel or Brett Phillips, Domingo Santana, and Josh Hader?
(Okie from Muskogee)
The latter, which is weird to say, because I've been pretty slow to come on the Hader train. I have loved most of what Houston has done, but I think they're really going to come to regret that deal. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Deep Dynasty League - 14 teams, 31 player MLB roster, 17 player minor league reserves. I have a dude willing to give me Harper, Arrieta, Arenado, Heyward, Albies and J. Ramirez (Cle) for Gattis, W. Myers, Nola, Schoop, A-Gon, Severino, Espinoza, Martes, H. Olivera, Bader, Stephenson, and N. Gordon. I have Snell in the wings and need OF. Losing Gordon makes me sad... do it anyway? Swap Brett Phillips for Gordon and Bader?
(Jake from LA)
I think you have to make that first trade; I hope it doesn't get vetoed. You can make it using either iteration. (Mike Gianella)
2016-04-14 20:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see any of the young Brewers waiting for their opportunity in AAA like Michael Reed, Orlando Arcia and Zach Davies making an impact soon?
(Scott from LA)
Reed and Davies might get their shots before Arcia, but Arcia is a much better bet to stick. Reed might get a shot before Brett Phillips, but he's unlikely to perform well enough to prevent Phillips from supplanting him. Nobody in the Brewers' rotation is going to block Davies if he performs well, but he's unlikely to have sustained success in MLB with his stuff. Arcia is coming up at some point this summer, and when he does, he's probably there for good. Even if Villar plays like an All Star, which would be an upset, the Brewers will promote a meeting-expectations Arcia and play him at SS, moving Villar to 2B or 3B and shunting Scooter Gennett or Aaron Hill to the bench or the waiver wire. There's no denying Arcia, barring injury. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-04-19 12:00:00 (link to chat)Who would be Dansby Swanson running mate?
(Wyatt from NYC)
This likely is a piggyback to something I said in my last chat: I'm so disappointed in this presidential election that I still consider giving Dansby a write-in vote this November. While that's a joke, clearly, I think a great hypothetical running mate would be Brett Phillips. Lots of personality there. (Adam McInturff)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Which group sucks less? Anthony Alford, Rusney Castillo, Manuel Margot, Brett Phillips, Nick Williams,Spencer Adams, Mark Appel, Dylan Cease, Josh Hader, James Kapeielian, Triston McKenzie,Vince Velasquez or Blake Swihart, Jon Singleton, Dansby Swanson, Alex Jackson, Clayton Blackburn,Tyrell Jenkins, Rob Kaminsky, Zach Lee, Keuy Mella, Justin Nicolino, Aaron Nola, Tyler Jay. God these teams are awful.
(Clark from The 19th Hole)
The first group, but you're right, but they're both bad. (Mike Gianella)
2016-02-03 20:00:00 (link to chat)Greg, Please rank the following OFers in terms of fantasy impact: Nick Williams, Brett Phillips and Manuel Margot. Thanks
(Ernie from Dover, DE)
Williams, Margot, Phillips (Greg Wellemeyer)
2016-01-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hi George,please ranks these minors guy...Olando Arcia...Blake Snell...A.J. reed...Jose Deleon...Brett Phillips and Barreto.... Thank you,Harry
(Harry from New York)
For fantasy purposes, I'd go Reed, Arcia (HUGE GAP) DeLeon, Snell, Barreto, Phillips...Reed is going to be an absolute monster. (George Bissell)
2016-01-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Brett Phillips really 5-tool?
(Mike from Vegas)
Depending on your definition of 5-tool. I think there is a CHANCE at five above-average ones. Certainly not five plus tools, though. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any concerns with Brett Phillips and what does he need to work on in 2016?
(William from Pensacola, FL)
I guess my biggest concern is that there's not much power production outside of the California League. Thing is, he doesn't have to hit for a ton of power to be a regular in centerfield. If he can show some pop in the upper-levels though? That'd be ideal. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-10-19 19:00:00 (link to chat)What do you project Brett Phillips potential to be?
(Ryan from Ny)
Will he hit? That was his only non-plus tool entering 2015, so if he can even manage to muster a .240 batting average he could be quite the stud. However, it's always easier said than done. If I had to guess, I'll say that Phillips' ceiling is as a .260 BA guy with decent power and enough speed to make him a first division regular. (Tout Wars Champ Mike Gianella)
2015-11-05 12:00:00 (link to chat)In what order who of the following will give the most MLB impact. Who would be the must haves Max Kepler Brett Phillips Luis Ortiz Nick Williams Josh Hader and Clayton Blackburn.
(OB1 from Tampa)
So I'll start by saying that you should ask the prospect team this as well, but that's an interesting list of names. I'm not super high on any of the pitchers honestly, I think the position players are a cut above them here.

I really like Kepler, I think guys with good hit tools are routinely underrated if they don't have loud other tools. Williams will be a solid corner OF guy but the bar is so high offensively that I hope he'll hit enough to become a first division guy.

Brett Phillips is probably the top guy here, I think he has the potential to be a star down the road. (Jeff Long)
2015-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you see Orlando Arcia's ceiling being? Also, if you have seen him, can Brett Phillips hit lefty pitchers?
(Spencer from Wisconsin)
I'd say Arcia's ceiling is a guy who gives you average to above-average offensive production from a shortstop, while playing above-average to plus defense. That's pretty good. And I have seen Phillips, and I do think he can hit left-handed pitching. That was a great deal for Milwaukee. A good deal for Houston, too. Win-win trades are fun. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-08-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your expectations for Brett Phillips in Milwaukees system? Do we see him starting in 2016?
(Snowborne from Pittsburgh)
I'd say 2017 is more likely, but it's not impossible. I really liked what I saw from Phillips this spring. Cannon for an arm, plus speed, a chance for above-average power and hit. Some risk there, but I think the reward is much higher than the risk. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank the following AA OFer's in terms of fantasy upside assuming 5x5 league? Conforto, Dahl, B. Zimmer, Brett Phillips...? Thanks!
(Bob from Chicago)
Dahl, Zimmer, Phillips, Conforto. Dahl of course has the show health after this lost year. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)How long do you think before we see Brett Phillips in CF ? Do you see a comparison to Springer ?
(Craig from Dallas)
He has an insane hitting streak going right now. Evan Drellich had a good piece on him today. If you look at what the Astros need (pitching) and where they have depth (outfield) with guys like Santana, Fisher and Phillips, I see him as a guy they potentially trade in the next two weeks if I'm being honest. If you could get Cueto for Phillips, Kemp, Santana, McHugh and McCullers, don't you do it if you're the Astros? (George Bissell)
2015-08-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the changes you've mentioned Brett Phillips making this year (shorter swing that lets him to get to his power without sacrificing the hit tool, full grade increase for speed), are we looking at a realistic outcome being a 50 hit, 50 power center fielder now, with the arm still the carrying tool?
(Jonathan from Syracuse, NY)
Phillips really impressed me with his growth over the past calendar year, and I think that's a reasonable outcome for him, yes. He's an aggressive hitter, and his on-base profile may be more AVG-dependent than you'd like. But it's a solid, well-rounded skill set. (Wilson Karaman)
2015-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm interested in your views of Brett Phillips. I was surprised he didn't make the Midseason Top 50 list, not even an honorable mention. Do you think he is a Top 25-50 guy by the off-season? Do you think his upside is still role 6 player? Do you think he ultimately plays CF for the Astros? Thank you.
(Josh from NYC)
I tried to get Phillips in the top 50 -- I had him in the 30's when we submitted our initial lists -- but I certainly understand why he didn't make it; not because we don't like Phillips, there's just a lot of good baseball players in this world. I like him though, there's no reason he can't play centerfield, and despite the swing and miss there's two solid-average offensive tools in his hit and power. He'll be a top 100 guy, I'm pretty sure. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-07-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Was Derek Fisher or Brett Phillips close to the cut off?
(Mark from Dallas)
Brett Phillips got some serious mention and I probably should have discussed him in the Just Missed piece. I could have tossed about 10 more guys in there had I wanted to go that deep. (Jeff Moore)
2015-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league, who you taking? Derek Fisher or Brett Phillips?
(jdc1989 from Houston)
Depends on your scoring system and your roster, but I would say Fisher. He could give you 20 homers, 20 steals. Phillips probably becomes the better real-world player (due to his defense and position), but from a fantasy perspective his production isn't as notable. (R.J. Anderson)
2015-06-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)For Dynasty Leagues, how would you rank Raimel Tapia, Nick Williams, Brad Zimmer and Brett Phillips? More in terms of upside then ETA.
(Bris Kryant from Chicago)
Sigh, that username. In terms of pure upside I'd go with them in the order they're listed. Overall, I'd go Williams-Zimmer-Tapia-Phillips. Be warned that Zimmer is probably the safest and I'm the highest dude in the planet on Williams. (Ben Carsley)
2015-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Time to move Brett Phillips and AJ Reed up to AA? There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of challenge at the Lancaster launching pad.
(Steve from Corpus Christi)
Probably, just because they are clearly not being challenged in the Cal League. That league makes it very tough to gauge hitters because the offensive environment is so hitter friendly. How legit is the power? How about the plate discipline? Are they drawing walks because so many of the pitchers are afraid to throw strikes for fear of getting crushed? It's probably time to give them a better test and see whats real and what isnt. (Jeff Moore)
2015-06-15 19:00:00 (link to chat)The Astros still have some intriguing hitters left in the minors - Brett Phillips, JD Davis, Derek Fisher, and AJ Reed come to mind. How would you rank these players and who (if any) has the best chance of being an above average regular?
(Mark from Pomona)
Fisher, Phillips, Davis, Reed. Fun to see a team have so many prospects going off at once, although I want to see all of them hit outside of the Cal League before I get too excited. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2015-06-15 19:00:00 (link to chat)Have Nick Williams & Brett Phillips passed the likes of Clint Frazier in the Top 101 with their respective performances this year?
(traindoggah from Maine)
Well, Williams was already ahead of Frazier in the off-season list, and I don't think anything about their respective seasons will change that. I would say no on Phillips. Statistically, he's having a better season, but Frazier has better raw tools. Phillips may be safer, but he probably tops out as a good fourth OF. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2015-06-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league, how would you rank Wilmer Difo, Brett Phillips, Gleyber Torres and Derek Fisher for offensive production?
(NorDub from Seattle)
Proximity to the majors also matters. I'd say Phillips, Difo, Fisher, Torres. (J.P. Breen)
2015-05-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)Brett Phillips is off to a great start this year. Is he a top 50 caliber prospect? What type of upside/ceiling does he have?
(Chris from Washington, DC)
I think so and a role 6 guy is the type of guy, I think, Phillips will be. (CJ Wittmann)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)Gallo! Also, Brett Phillips or Derek Fisher in dynasty?
(Gallo? from Gallo...?)
I'll lean Phillips in fantasy and my god, Gallo. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-04-29 20:00:00 (link to chat)Do you find all around profiles of guys like Brett Phillips, Derek Fisher, and Teoscar Hernandez (yes, I just realized that these are all Houston outfielders....) more attractive or less in H2H leagues? All seem like potential 15/15 or 20/20 players, but I can't tell if that's better or worse than a 10/30 or 30/10 guy.
(Dan from Montana)
I prefer those types of players in all leagues, but sure, they get a slight bump up in H2H. (Bret Sayre)
2015-04-29 20:00:00 (link to chat)Someone is dying for some prospects, and also happens to have George Springer on his team. I can offer him Brad Zimmer, Brett Phillips, Derek Fisher, Matt Wisler, D.J. Peterson, Derek Hill, and some other top-90 MLB OF's like Crawford and Fowler. Which of those guys should I give him for Springer?
(Danny from OK)
I'd trade Zimmer while his value is hot. You'd probably have to give up less overall that way. (Bret Sayre)
2015-03-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)A lot of people are hyped on Brett Phillips while others say he is just a guy? Your opinion?
(Basil from San Angelo)
I gotta be honest, when I did my list for Draft To The Show, I didn't have Phillips in my top 10. That was really, really stupid. I don't think he's a top 100 prospect, but I do think he's got enough athleticism and offensive firepower to be a quality regular in 2016. (Christopher Crawford)
2014-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Brett Phillips is having a good season. How high does he rise?
(Eric from Houston)
Brett Phillips can flat out hit the baseball. He should get some consideration in the top 100, but I think he ultimately falls a bit short. It's an intriguing profile, kind of like a poor man's David Dahl. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Give us some prospects you're higher on than anyone else, so later we can mock/applaud you. Thanks!
(Chris from Michigan)
Still a believer in Clint Frazier. I was on the Jake Thompson/Willy Adames bandwagon pre season. I also like David Dahl a lot. Some other names I like more than others: Leonardo Molina, Rafael Devers, Cameron Varga, Brett Phillips, Kohl Stewart. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)What were the hit/power/run/glove/arm tools you've seen this year in the MWL?
(Tommy from Chicago)
Hit: Brett Phillips? Not many good options, here
Power: Schwarber/Frazier
Run: Mallex Smith
Glove: Penalver
Arm: not yasiel balaguert (Jordan Gorosh)

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