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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 38)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
325 .267 6 33 34 6 91 0.6
Birth Date6-28-1981
Height6' 0"
Weight211 lbs
Age37 years, 10 months, 26 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2.52015
0.92016
0.82017
0.02018
0.62019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2002 CLE 21 11 36 8 3 1 0 3 6 1 0 0 .258 .343 .419 77 -0.9 0.5 1.2 0.2
2003 CLE 22 112 393 77 18 1 6 14 77 3 4 5 .208 .242 .311 49 -23.8 1.2 0.0 -1.2
2004 CLE 23 6 24 4 2 0 0 2 5 0 0 2 .182 .250 .273 80 -0.6 -0.6 -0.7 -0.1
2005 CLE 24 6 9 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 76 -0.3 0.1 -0.3 0.0
2006 CIN 25 149 587 148 28 1 17 35 88 6 25 2 .276 .324 .427 87 -7.3 3.5 -11.9 0.1
2007 CIN 26 158 702 187 26 6 30 33 109 12 32 8 .288 .331 .485 108 10.0 1.0 1.3 3.1
2008 CIN 27 141 609 146 24 7 21 39 93 5 23 10 .261 .312 .442 97 -0.8 1.0 2.6 2.0
2009 CIN 28 153 644 161 30 5 20 44 75 6 25 9 .276 .329 .447 101 2.6 5.3 -3.7 2.2
2010 CIN 29 155 687 172 33 5 18 46 83 8 16 12 .275 .332 .430 104 4.3 4.9 6.1 3.5
2011 CIN 30 150 674 183 38 2 18 44 85 9 14 9 .300 .353 .457 118 14.2 6.4 -7.6 3.2
2012 CIN 31 147 623 163 30 1 18 28 79 8 15 2 .281 .321 .429 104 3.1 1.7 -8.1 1.4
2013 CIN 32 151 666 158 24 2 18 39 98 8 5 3 .261 .310 .396 98 -0.3 -1.1 6.0 2.3
2014 CIN 33 121 499 123 25 0 8 23 74 6 2 3 .266 .306 .372 89 -5.9 -2.2 -7.4 -0.4
2015 CIN 34 148 623 173 19 2 12 27 68 4 23 3 .294 .328 .395 104 4.8 2.3 0.4 2.5
2016 CIN 35 141 584 160 34 1 11 18 68 8 14 8 .291 .320 .416 97 -0.8 -1.4 -4.2 0.9
2017 ANA 36 24 105 26 7 0 2 2 16 0 1 0 .255 .269 .382 90 -1.0 0.3 -0.4 0.2
2017 ATL 36 120 499 137 27 1 11 19 57 8 10 8 .291 .329 .423 89 -5.2 2.2 -5.1 0.6
2018 BOS 37 9 27 3 0 0 1 4 7 0 0 0 .130 .259 .261 75 -0.7 1.0 -0.8 0.0
Career1902799120293683521142010929220984.275.320.42097-8.526.0-32.420.7

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2000 CPF A SAL 0 531 .000 .000 .000 .282 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 JUP A+ FSL 55 239 .000 .000 .000 .352 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 HAR AA EAS 67 283 .000 .000 .000 .332 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CLE MLB AL 11 36 .266 .325 .428 .320 102 0.9 1.0 0 77 15 1.2 0.5 -0.9 0.2
2002 HAR AA EAS 60 267 .000 .000 .000 .348 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 BUF AAA INT 55 247 .000 .000 .000 .306 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 OTT AAA INT 10 37 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CLE MLB AL 112 393 .272 .335 .437 .247 95 -29 10.7 -0.5 49 10 0.0 1.2 -23.8 -1.2
2003 BUF AAA INT 43 172 .000 .000 .000 .183 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CLE MLB AL 6 24 .288 .350 .435 .235 102 -2.5 0.7 0 80 15 -0.7 -0.6 -0.6 -0.1
2004 BUF AAA INT 135 588 .000 .000 .000 .322 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CLE MLB AL 6 9 .287 .349 .493 .000 100 -2.3 0.3 0 76 12 -0.3 0.1 -0.3 0.0
2005 BUF AAA INT 112 518 .268 .331 .420 .287 113 -12.7 15.1 6.8 90 0 12.3 2.2 -13.2 2.2
2006 CIN MLB NL 149 587 .267 .331 .430 .300 97 -4.6 17.7 -0.7 87 8 -11.9 3.5 -7.3 0.1
2007 CIN MLB NL 158 702 .267 .330 .422 .304 102 7.4 20.8 -1 108 8 1.3 1.0 10.0 3.1
2008 CIN MLB NL 141 609 .262 .329 .415 .277 100 2.7 17.6 -0.8 97 9 2.6 1.0 -0.8 2.0
2009 CIN MLB NL 153 644 .261 .330 .412 .284 96 3.2 18.5 -0.9 101 10 -3.7 5.3 2.6 2.2
2010 CIN MLB NL 155 687 .258 .321 .402 .293 96 9.9 18.9 -0.9 104 11 6.1 4.9 4.3 3.5
2011 CIN MLB NL 150 674 .256 .318 .397 .322 101 16.5 18.2 -0.8 118 9 -7.6 6.4 14.2 3.2
2012 CIN MLB NL 147 623 .256 .317 .405 .298 100 1.8 17.1 -0.8 104 8 -8.1 1.7 3.1 1.4
2013 CIN MLB NL 151 666 .253 .315 .388 .281 102 -1.3 17.5 -0.8 98 6 6.0 -1.1 -0.3 2.3
2013 USA int WBC 6 27 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 CIN MLB NL 121 499 .250 .309 .385 .298 99 -4 12.9 -0.6 89 8 -7.4 -2.2 -5.9 -0.4
2014 DYT A MID 1 4 .279 .357 .416 1.000 86 1.7 0.1 0 105 0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 LOU AAA INT 2 6 .254 .297 .366 .000 114 -1.1 0.2 0 77 0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 0.0
2015 CIN MLB NL 148 623 .251 .311 .393 .315 92 9.6 16.8 -0.8 104 6 0.4 2.3 4.8 2.5
2016 CIN MLB NL 141 584 .255 .320 .415 .312 94 5.4 16.5 -1 97 13 -4.2 -1.4 -0.8 0.9
2017 ANA MLB AL 24 105 .250 .316 .421 .286 104 -3.9 3.1 -0.1 90 5 -0.4 0.3 -1.0 0.2
2017 ATL MLB NL 120 499 .258 .325 .427 .313 95 1 14.6 -0.1 89 5 -5.1 2.2 -5.2 0.6
2018 BOS MLB AL 9 27 .242 .310 .391 .133 108 -0.2 0.8 0 75 12 -0.8 1.0 -0.7 0.0
2018 LOW A- NYP 6 26 .256 .322 .361 .300 105 1 0.7 -0.3 129 0 0.3 -0.1 -0.2 0.0
2018 PAW AAA INT 38 161 .249 .314 .381 .342 94 8.1 4.7 -0.9 127 0 0.9 0.5 2.6 0.8

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2000 CPF A SAL 531 484 74 117 17 8 11 183 72 38 97 23 8 .242 .309 .378 .136 0 0
2001 JUP A+ FSL 239 194 36 55 12 2 4 83 23 38 45 17 3 .284 .416 .428 .144 0 0
2001 HAR AA EAS 283 265 35 79 19 0 7 119 36 12 42 13 6 .298 .337 .449 .151 1 1
2002 BUF AAA INT 247 223 30 63 14 0 8 101 27 14 39 8 2 .283 .322 .453 .170 4 4
2002 OTT AAA INT 37 35 1 9 4 0 1 16 5 2 6 0 0 .257 .297 .457 .200 0 0
2002 CLE MLB AL 36 31 5 8 3 1 0 13 4 3 6 0 0 .258 .343 .419 .161 0 1
2002 HAR AA EAS 267 245 40 80 13 2 9 124 35 16 33 6 3 .327 .378 .506 .180 1 1
2003 BUF AAA INT 172 154 14 27 7 0 3 43 13 12 22 7 3 .175 .246 .279 .104 2 2
2003 CLE MLB AL 393 370 36 77 18 1 6 115 33 14 77 4 5 .208 .242 .311 .103 1 5
2004 CLE MLB AL 24 22 1 4 2 0 0 6 1 2 5 0 2 .182 .250 .273 .091 0 0
2004 BUF AAA INT 588 521 83 158 34 4 8 224 50 44 56 14 11 .303 .361 .430 .127 9 9
2005 BUF AAA INT 518 465 79 119 24 1 15 190 46 39 90 7 5 .256 .326 .409 .153 2 2
2005 CLE MLB AL 9 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2006 CIN MLB NL 587 536 65 148 28 1 17 229 75 35 88 25 2 .276 .324 .427 .151 6 4
2007 CIN MLB NL 702 650 107 187 26 6 30 315 94 33 109 32 8 .288 .331 .485 .197 5 2
2008 CIN MLB NL 609 559 80 146 24 7 21 247 78 39 93 23 10 .261 .312 .442 .181 6 0
2009 CIN MLB NL 644 584 78 161 30 5 20 261 98 44 75 25 9 .276 .329 .447 .171 8 2
2010 CIN MLB NL 687 626 100 172 33 5 18 269 59 46 83 16 12 .275 .332 .430 .155 1 6
2011 CIN MLB NL 674 610 94 183 38 2 18 279 82 44 85 14 9 .300 .353 .457 .157 6 5
2012 CIN MLB NL 623 580 86 163 30 1 18 249 77 28 79 15 2 .281 .321 .429 .148 4 3
2013 USA int WBC 27 26 5 7 1 0 0 8 1 0 5 0 0 .269 .269 .308 .038 0 1
2013 CIN MLB NL 666 606 80 158 24 2 18 240 103 39 98 5 3 .261 .310 .396 .135 9 4
2014 DYT A MID 4 3 0 2 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 .667 .750 1.000 .333 0
2014 LOU AAA INT 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000 .000 0
2014 CIN MLB NL 499 462 44 123 25 0 8 172 51 23 74 2 3 .266 .306 .372 .106 6
2015 CIN MLB NL 623 588 69 173 19 2 12 232 70 27 68 23 3 .294 .328 .395 .100 3 1
2016 CIN MLB NL 584 550 74 160 34 1 11 229 64 18 68 14 8 .291 .320 .416 .125 6 2
2017 ANA MLB AL 105 102 13 26 7 0 2 39 8 2 16 1 0 .255 .269 .382 .127 0 1
2017 ATL MLB NL 499 470 68 137 27 1 11 199 52 19 57 10 8 .291 .329 .423 .132 1 1
2018 PAW AAA INT 161 149 29 45 14 0 4 71 19 9 26 1 1 .302 .348 .477 .174 1 0
2018 LOW A- NYP 26 22 1 7 0 0 1 10 7 2 3 0 0 .318 .346 .455 .136 2 0
2018 BOS MLB AL 27 23 4 3 0 0 1 6 2 4 7 0 0 .130 .259 .261 .130 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 2086 0.4708 0.5288 0.7688 0.7332 0.3469 0.8667 0.5849 0.2312 0.0111
2009 2289 0.4858 0.5138 0.7934 0.6924 0.3449 0.8727 0.6429 0.2066 0.0068
2010 2473 0.4860 0.5144 0.8042 0.7171 0.3226 0.8770 0.6512 0.1958 -0.0088
2011 2486 0.4827 0.5298 0.8155 0.7117 0.3600 0.8888 0.6803 0.1845 -0.0119
2012 2282 0.4641 0.5372 0.8002 0.7044 0.3925 0.8807 0.6750 0.1998 0.0025
2013 2399 0.4714 0.5323 0.7800 0.6967 0.3856 0.8668 0.6401 0.2200 -0.0119
2014 1813 0.4942 0.5290 0.7779 0.6998 0.3621 0.8836 0.5783 0.2221 -0.0016
2015 2153 0.4877 0.5406 0.8093 0.7038 0.3853 0.8985 0.6541 0.1907 -0.0002
2016 2077 0.4598 0.5768 0.8097 0.7361 0.4412 0.8890 0.6970 0.1903 0.0000
2017 2089 0.4591 0.5591 0.8005 0.7268 0.4168 0.8924 0.6645 0.1995 0.0000
2018 112 0.5000 0.5268 0.6780 0.7143 0.3393 0.7500 0.5263 0.3220 0.0000
Career222590.47630.53550.79590.71190.37460.88070.64790.2041-0.0017

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-10 2014-08-18 15-DL 39 33 Left Thumb Surgery Ligament 2014-07-11
2014-06-23 2014-06-26 DTD 3 3 Right Foot Soreness Heel From Soreness From Backswing -
2014-06-13 2014-06-13 DTD 0 0 Left Fingers Sprain Index Finger -
2014-04-18 2014-04-18 DTD 0 0 - Low Back Spasms - -
2013-09-29 2013-10-01 DTD 2 1 - Lower Leg Contusion Foul Ball - -
2013-09-07 2013-09-08 DTD 1 1 Right Thigh Contusion Quadriceps - -
2013-06-02 2013-06-07 DTD 5 4 Left Forearm Contusion HBP - -
2013-03-29 2013-04-01 Camp 3 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2012-09-30 2012-09-30 DTD 0 0 - Tightness - -
2012-08-01 2012-08-07 DTD 6 6 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2012-07-30 2012-07-31 DTD 1 1 Left Lower Leg Cramp Calf - -
2012-06-28 2012-06-29 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness Headache - -
2012-04-10 2012-04-13 DTD 3 3 Bilateral Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2011-09-28 2011-09-29 DTD 1 1 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2011-08-10 2011-08-12 DTD 2 2 Left Elbow Contusion HBP - -
2011-08-07 2011-08-08 DTD 1 1 Right Ankle Sprain Player Collision - -
2011-06-02 2011-06-04 DTD 2 1 Wrist Soreness -
2011-04-14 2011-04-19 DTD 5 4 Groin Strain -
2011-04-05 2011-04-05 DTD 0 0 - Chest Soreness - -
2011-03-06 2011-03-09 Camp 3 0 General Medical Illness -
2010-09-14 2010-09-14 DTD 0 0 Left Wrist Soreness HBP 3 Weeks Ago -
2010-08-26 2010-08-29 DTD 3 2 Hand Contusion -
2010-08-08 2010-08-09 DTD 1 1 Left Foot Contusion Foul Ball -
2010-06-13 2010-06-15 DTD 2 1 Right Thigh Cramp Hamstring -
2009-08-21 2009-08-22 DTD 1 1 Left Wrist Fracture From Previous HBP -
2009-08-16 2009-08-18 DTD 2 1 Left Hand Contusion Deep Bone Bruise - HBP -
2009-06-20 2009-06-21 DTD 1 1 Right Hand Soreness From Fracture -
2009-05-23 2009-05-29 DTD 6 5 Right Thumb Fracture -
2009-05-07 2009-05-09 DTD 2 2 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2009-03-21 2009-03-26 Camp 5 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2008-09-10 2008-09-29 60-DL 19 17 Right Fingers Surgery Index Finger Fracture 2008-09-12
2008-05-08 2008-05-10 DTD 2 0 Left Lower Leg Contusion Foul Ball -
2007-06-17 2007-06-17 DTD 0 0 Left Hand Contusion HBP -
2006-09-20 2006-09-22 DTD 2 1 Face Contusion -
2006-05-30 2006-05-31 DTD 1 1 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2006-05-28 2006-05-28 DTD 0 0 Left Wrist Contusion HBP -
2006-05-20 2006-05-20 DTD 0 0 Right Ankle Sprain -
2006-03-19 2006-03-25 Camp 6 0 General Medical Illness Strep Throat -
2006-03-10 2006-03-10 Camp 0 0 Left Lower Leg Contusion Foul Ball -
2003-04-24 2003-04-26 DTD 2 2 Right Hand Contusion -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 BOS $
2017 CIN $13,000,000
2017 ATL $1,000,000
2016 CIN $13,000,000
2015 CIN $12,000,000
2014 CIN $11,000,000
2013 CIN $10,000,000
2012 CIN $12,500,000
2011 CIN $11,437,500
2010 CIN $6,937,500
2009 CIN $5,187,500
2007 CIN $407,500
2005 CLE $316,800
2003 CLE $300,900
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$97,087,700
12 yrTotal$97,087,700

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
13 y 49 dACES1 year (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by Boston as a free agent 6/27/18 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Boston 9/4/18.
  • 6 years/$72.5M (2012-17). Signed extension with Cincinnati 4/10/12, replacing option year of previous deal. 12:$12.5M, 13:$10M, 14:$11M, 15:$12M, 16:$13M, 17:$14M. Undisclosed amount is to be deferred. Award bonuses, including $75,000 for All-Star selection. Limited no-trade protection (may block deals to 12 clubs). Acquired by Atlanta in trade from Cincinnati 2/12/17, with Phillips waiving no-trade right as 10-and-5 player in exchange for $0.5M assignment bonus for any subsequent trade. (Reds to pay $13M of Phillips' $14M salary for 2017.) Acquired by LA Angels in trade from Atlanta 8/31/17.
  • 4 years/$27M (2008-11), plus 2012 club option. Signed extension with Cincinnati 2/15/08 (avoided arbitration, $4.2M-$2.7M). $0.75M signing bonus, 08:$2.75M, 09:$4.75M, 10:$6.75M, 11:$11M, 12:$12M club option, $1M buyout. If traded, 2012 option becomes mutual option. Salaries may increase based on performance. 2008 Gold Glove increased 2009 salary by $0.25M to $5M. 2010 Gold Glove increased 2011 salary by $0.25M to $11.25M. Cincinnati exercised 2012 option 10/31/11. 2012 salary increased by $0.25M to $12.25M with 2011 Gold Glove.
  • 1 year/$0.4075M (2007). Renewed by Cincinnati 3/07 (split contract paying $196,200).
  • 1 year (2006). Renewed by Cleveland 3/06. DFA, acquired by Cincinnati in trade from Cleveland 4/06.
  • 1 year/$0.3168M (2005). Re-signed by Cleveland 2/05 (split contract paying $162,000 in minors). Recalled 7/05. Optioned to Triple-A 8/05.
  • 1 year (2004). Optioned to Triple-A 3/04. Recalled 9/04.
  • 1 year/$0.3009M (2003). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/03. Optioned to Triple-A 7/03. Recalled 8/03.
  • 1 year (2002). Acquired by Cleveland in trade Montreal 6/02. Contract purchased 9/02.
  • Drafted by Montreal 1999 (2-57) (Redan High, Stone Mountain, Ga.).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 378 45 108 23 1 8 42 19 54 9 4 .309 .351 .449 112 21.7 2B -1, 3B -1 2.1
80o 360 41 99 21 1 7 38 18 53 8 4 .296 .340 .428 105 16.4 2B -1, 3B -1 1.5
70o 347 39 92 19 1 7 36 16 52 7 4 .285 .327 .415 100 12.8 2B -1, 3B -1 1.1
60o 336 37 86 18 1 6 34 16 51 7 3 .275 .316 .396 95 10.0 2B -1, 3B -1 0.8
50o 325 35 82 17 1 6 32 15 50 6 3 .271 .312 .393 91 7.4 2B -1, 3B -1 0.6
40o 314 33 77 16 1 6 30 14 49 6 3 .262 .303 .384 87 5.1 2B -1, 3B -1 0.3
30o 303 31 72 15 1 5 28 13 47 6 3 .254 .294 .366 82 2.7 2B -1, 3B -1 0.1
20o 290 28 67 14 1 5 26 12 46 5 3 .246 .284 .360 77 0.1 2B -1, 3B -1 -0.2
10o 272 26 59 12 1 4 24 11 44 5 2 .231 .269 .333 70 -3.1 2B -1, 3B -1 -0.5
Weighted Mean3283583171633155073.271.312.392928.22B -1, 3B -10.7

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
2020391451533802148242.248.296.360840.12.10.4-0.13.7-1.9-1.2
2021401261329602126202.251.296.360830.11.70.3-0.23.2-1.7-1.0
2022411061124502105171.249.294.361830.11.40.3-0.22.7-1.5-0.9
20234295102150195161.247.292.356810.01.00.2-0.22.4-1.4-0.8
2024439392150195161.245.291.350800.00.90.2-0.22.4-1.5-0.8
2025449492150195160.244.289.348790.00.80.2-0.22.4-1.6-0.8
2026459492150195160.243.288.34678-0.00.70.2-0.32.4-1.6-0.8
2027469492150185160.242.288.34478-0.00.80.3-0.32.4-1.7-0.8
2028479492150185170.240.287.34277-0.00.70.3-0.32.4-1.7-0.8

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 75)

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 87 Mark Grudzielanek 2008 88
2 86 Mark Ellis 2015 0 DNP
3 86 Chris Gomez 2009 0 DNP
4 84 Cookie Rojas 1977 69
5 82 Tony Taylor 1974 108
6 82 Jim Gantner 1991 83
7 80 Miguel Tejada 2012 0 DNP
8 80 Hank Majeski 1955 80
9 79 Cal Ripken Jr. 1999 121
10 79 Keith Lockhart 2003 100
11 79 Art Fletcher 1923 0 DNP
12 79 Ernie Johnson 1926 0 DNP
13 79 Alan Trammell 1996 52
14 78 Jamey Carroll 2012 90
15 78 John McDonald 2013 62
16 78 Chase Utley 2017 92
17 78 Red Schoendienst 1961 86
18 78 Geoff Blum 2011 93
19 77 Alvin Dark 1960 88
20 77 Chris Speier 1988 79
21 77 Luis Aparicio 1972 84
22 77 Eddie Mayo 1948 74
23 76 Vic Power 1966 0 DNP
24 76 George Sisler 1931 0 DNP
25 76 Bing Miller 1933 101
26 76 Jake Daubert 1922 126
27 76 Jose Vizcaino 2006 81
28 76 Damion Easley 2008 87
29 76 Miguel Cairo 2012 67
30 76 Jerry Hairston 2014 0 DNP
31 76 Andy Pafko 1959 78
32 75 Frank Baumholtz 1957 85
33 75 Felipe Alou 1973 66
34 75 Frank White 1989 76
35 75 B.J. Surhoff 2003 95
36 75 Melvin Mora 2010 98
37 75 Art Howe 1985 81
38 75 Doc Cramer 1944 100
39 75 Brooks Robinson 1975 77
40 75 Jeff Cirillo 2008 0 DNP
41 75 A.J. Pierzynski 2015 105
42 75 Tony Fernandez 2000 0 DNP
43 75 Jim Eisenreich 1997 91
44 75 Juan Uribe 2017 0 DNP
45 74 Jimmy Rollins 2017 0 DNP
46 74 Larry Gardner 1924 89
47 74 Rich Aurilia 2010 0 DNP
48 74 Randy Velarde 2001 95
49 74 Lenny Harris 2003 62
50 74 Mark Kotsay 2014 0 DNP
51 74 Bill Buckner 1988 83
52 74 Marco Scutaro 2014 71
53 74 Ted Simmons 1988 83
54 74 Mike Bordick 2004 0 DNP
55 74 Davey Lopes 1983 114
56 74 Ken Griffey 1988 81
57 74 Ivy Olson 1924 80
58 74 Mike Redmond 2009 77
59 74 Don Slaught 1997 92
60 74 Johnny Cooney 1939 76
61 74 Jeff Conine 2004 103
62 74 Johnny Logan 1964 0 DNP
63 73 Billy Herman 1948 0 DNP
64 73 Bobby Veach 1926 0 DNP
65 73 Tommy Davis 1977 0 DNP
66 73 Taffy Wright 1950 0 DNP
67 73 Tony Oliva 1977 0 DNP
68 73 Tony Cuccinello 1946 0 DNP
69 73 Garret Anderson 2010 55
70 73 Juan Beniquez 1988 90
71 73 Sparky Adams 1933 91
72 73 Ryne Sandberg 1998 0 DNP
73 73 Larry Biittner 1984 0 DNP
74 73 So Taguchi 2008 63
75 73 Dave Philley 1958 92
76 73 Al Bumbry 1985 73
77 72 Kenny Lofton 2005 105
78 72 Wally Moses 1949 103
79 72 Carl Furillo 1960 83
80 72 Gary Carter 1992 84
81 72 Todd Zeile 2004 79
82 72 Richie Hebner 1986 0 DNP
83 72 Bill Bruton 1964 96
84 72 Billy Jurges 1946 88
85 72 Juan Castro 2010 61
86 72 Henry Blanco 2010 76
87 71 Orlando Palmeiro 2007 89
88 71 Pinky Higgins 1947 0 DNP
89 71 Dave Concepcion 1986 83
90 71 Bob Scheffing 1952 0 DNP
91 71 Jay Bell 2004 0 DNP
92 71 Lou Piniella 1982 115
93 71 Vinny Castilla 2006 64
94 71 Rick Cerone 1992 85
95 71 Phil Garner 1987 73
96 71 Stan Javier 2002 0 DNP
97 71 Cecil Cooper 1988 0 DNP
98 71 Placido Polanco 2014 0 DNP
99 71 Tim Wallach 1996 89
100 71 Willie Randolph 1993 0 DNP

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 Phillips held out as long as possible on the trade market before finally agreeing to a deal sending the veteran second baseman to Atlanta. He liked the first taste so much, he agreed to another deal at the August deadline, spending the last month of the season on the West Coast. Dat Dude lived up to his reputation, making tons of contact, but he was about as miscast as a table setter as Daniel Day-Lewis playing Billy Madison, or a reality game show host being president. The four-time Gold Glove winner saw his defense slip once again last season, but he can still hit and run a little, keeping his bid for the Hall of Pretty Good alive.
2017 Arguably the MVP of the 2016 NL East champion Nationals, Phillips toiled in frustrating irrelevance after rejecting a trade to Washington and sending that club running after free agent Daniel Murphy. He had a minor late-season offensive renaissance, but only after wandering up to the very cusp of obsolescence. He can still pick it at second base, though his range has diminished a great deal, and he found the gaps more often in 2016 than in previous years—though the above-average power he once boasted has been missing since Scott Rolen shared the Cincinnati infield. His atrocious plate discipline—he puts the ball in play a ton, but never walks—seems poised to give him the final push out of regular playing time, be it this year or next.
2016 It's always an honor to be placed on a list whose only other entry is Willie Mays, and last year Phillips joined the Say Hey Kid as the only players in MLB history to nab 20 steals during their age-34 season or later after two consecutive years swiping five or fewer bags. (Note that Mays did it at age 40 while posting a league-leading .425 on-base percentage, because Willie Mays.) His resurgent wheels helped Phillips log his best season since 2011, earning Gold Glove consideration and once again ranking among the best second-sackers in baseball. His power and defensive range are both starting to wane and he's never been one to draw walks, but he can still line balls into the gap, take the extra base and flash his infectious grin after yet another unlikely defensive gem. Here's hoping joy can inoculate him against the cruel second-base aging curve for years to come.
2015 Phillips is trending in the wrong direction across the board. His isolated power has dropped in each of the past four seasons from .157 in 2011 to just .106 in 2014. Phillips hasn't added anything at the plate (more contact, more walks) to make up for the falling power, so his TAv has plummeted from .285 to .255 in that time. Other defensive systems and many eyes think Phillips can still pick it at second base, so he remains useful, especially because the second baseman around the league are a sack of moldy oranges right now. But even measured against that lackluster set of peers, he's simply no longer a top-tier player.
2014 When he wasnt busy calling out beat writers, Phillips was having his worst offensive season since joining the Reds in 2006. In fact, each of the three numbers in his slash line was his lowest in that time frame. So naturally, Phillips set a career high in RBI with 103hitting behind the National Leagues two best on-base men surely had noooothing to do with that. Phillips will turn 33 before the 2014 All-Star Game and second basemen dont tend to age gracefully. (To his credit, the last time he was placed on the disabled list, Lehman Brothers was still solvent.) He's owed $50 million over the next four seasons, but if his still-strong defense starts to go the way of his baserunning and bat, Phillips is a wrap.
2013 Phillips' power has been in steady decline since he knocked 30 homers in 2007. Formerly an elite baserunner, he now is just very good. He has never drawn 50 walks in a season. Phillips has a strong defensive reputation, having won three Gold Glove awards, although some metrics like his work more than others do. He plays 140-plus games every year and hasn't been on the disabled list since 2008. Downward trends in power and plate discipline remove some of the luster of the six-year, $72.5 million extension he signed with the Reds in April 2012. Still, Phillips plays every day and should have a few good seasons left in him.
2012 Phillips balances on the edge between park-inflated star and merely good ballplayer. In a typical year, he might slug a hundred points better in the Gap than on the road, but he still does enough away from his home park to help an offense. More troubling, however, is that, no matter how often he shows up on highlight reels, the various defensive metrics aren't unanimous about his value in the field. Can he help a team win? Absolutely, but the real problem is that he's getting paid as much as a sixth of the Reds' payroll, and he's simply not that critical a component to this or any team's success. No dummy, Phillips appears determined to stick around and work out an extension beyond his 2012 compensation of $12 million.
2011 Phillips age-26 power explosion may have created unrealistic expectations for his offensive production: the second baseman is little better than league average at the plate. His work on the basepaths generally ranks among the best on the Reds, contributing a few additional runs per year despite his tendency to get caught stealing. Although he held on to most of his 2009 reduction in strikeout rate last season, the righty still doesnt walk without putting up a fight, so hes hardly Morgan-esque in the OBP department. Despite his shortcomings, Phillips defensive skills make him a safe bet to furnish the Reds with three to four wins this season.
2010 A fine fielder, Phillips gains at the plate in 2009 were mostly due to a 15-point jump in batting average. He actually gave back some power, but it was an encouraging campaign nonetheless, as his plate approach was the best of his career. At 28, Phillips will never generate significant value from his patience, but even some small improvement could keep him from disaster should his batting average head in the other direction. Prior to 2009, Phillips K/UBB ratio was 3.4, and he drew an unintentional walk once every 20.9 plate appearances. In 2009, those numbers improved to 1.8 K/UBB and 15.7 PA/UBB. His salary jumps up to $11 million in 2011, the final non-option year of his contract, making him a player the Reds might choose to trade to suppress payroll, particularly given his trade value and the emergence of Frazier at the keystone.
2009 Only Dusty Baker could look at a guy who walked in fewer than five percent of his 2007 PAs and say that the problem was that he needed to be more aggressive. Phillips's bat never came back from the All-Star break: he was hitting .225/.291/.374 for the second half when a broken finger ended his season in early September. Still, the four-year contract the Reds gave him prior to the season was a good ideaPhillips was one of the team's few defensive standouts, and $27 million to cover his remaining prime years was a fine investment.
2008 Someday, Wayne Krivsky is going to tell his grandkids that he was the guy who saved Brandon Phillips's career. Once out of the Indian's system, Phillips began showing signs of the guy who was so good he was mentioned ahead of Grady Sizemore when they were traded together to Cleveland. That ship has sailed-Phillips will be 27 in June and had a 109/33 K/BB ratio last year, a regression from his first season in Cincy-but as a good defensive second baseman with power and speed, he should be an asset to the organization for his three remaining team-controlled years. Lest anyone go too crazy about his 30/30 achievement, we'd suggest a moratorium on comparisons between Phillips and Joe Morgan until Phillips can crack a .340 OBP.
2007 A perfect free-talent pickup, Phillips was obviously frustrated and spinning his wheels in the Indians` organization. Given a shot at playing somewhere besides Buffalo, he hit more like he can. He can stand in and drive the ball, so he`s not your usual placeholding patsy, and getting power out of all eight lineup slots has its benefits, especially in Cincy`s power-friendly park. Although the Reds flirted with the possibility of making him a shortstop again at the end of the season, he`s better off seeing if he can settle in at second, which the signing of Alex Gonzalez should allow him to do. There`s potential for improvement, but he`s not that young anymore. He`ll give the Reds a nice three- or four-year run before arbitration encourages them to make him somebody else`s second baseman.
2006 In an attempt to provide insurance for an unproven Jhonny Peralta as the season began, the Indians moved Phillips back to shortstop in Triple-A. That they didn`t move him back to second after Peralta proved he could handle the major league job suggests that Plan B was to try to trade Phillips, who is now out of options. Showcased in the majors just before the trading deadline, he made just two starts before returning to Buffalo, proof of a league-wide lack of interest at the price Shapiro wanted for him. Phillips had his worst minor league season since first reaching Triple-A as member of the Expos` system in 2002. He is now firmly ensconced in the "Promising Prospects Mysteriously Gone Bad" category.
2005 Everything that was said about Peralta, above, could be said about Phillips, except the part about the extra consonants. Phillips has clearly improved his understanding of the strike zone from where it was two years ago, making far better contact and taking a few more walks. He's still going to have to do a disproportionate amount of hitting 'em where they ain't to make an impact.
2004 He went from can't miss to did, and nobody knows if the spatula has yet been made that can scrape him up from last season's epic tumble from the heights of prospectdom. His failures were worsened by Phillips's reputation as a showboat; there's a thin line between being charismatic and being a nuisance. At least Pokey Reese pokerized pitches for a season before reverting to mud-Phillips hasn't even done that much. He's clearly young enough to fix his problems, but the organization has threatened him with the need to improve, and he hasn't. They've already said he's Buffalo-bound to start '04, and it will be up to him to earn his way back.
2003 The Indians sent Phillips to the Arizona Fall League to keep working on becoming a second baseman because Omars under contract for another two years. Theres no reason to believe Phillips cant make the switch. It may even be for the best, since hes never been an outstanding defensive shortstop, although he has the arm for the position. However, because of his stick hes rightly regarded as one of the top infield prospects in baseball. If he doesnt stick at short, his value will go down a little, but the difference between a decent shortstop with a great stick and a good defensive second baseman with a good stick isnt that huge. The danger is more one of his risk of encountering more baserunners around the bag, because second basemen tend to have their careers altered by injury more often than shortstops. Nevertheless, his move across the keystone shouldnt take any luster off of his rising star.
2002 This is the reason teams continue to draft raw athletes. If, like Phillips, they can translate their tools into skills, it makes for a potentially dominating player. When the organization challenged Phillips to walk more than he struck out, he made the intelligent choicehe decided to be more patient at the plate rather than cut down on his swing. Though he found Eastern League competition tougher, he followed up with a dynamite stint in the Arizona Fall League, playing mostly third base. The defensive switch was made only so that he could participate; he projects to be an above-average shortstop, with plus range, soft hands, and a strong arm. Phillips is coming like a freight train and could be in the Expos 2003 Opening Day lineup.
2001 The Expos like to talk about their depth at shortstop, but the guys who could turn out well are both in A ball: Albenis Machado and Brandon Phillips. A tools guy who generates power through great bat speed, Phillips spent most of the year hitting third in the lineup. That says a lot about the state of Expo prospectdom. Afield, hes got decent range, good hands, and a lot of work to do. Phillips gives me a Hubie Brooks vibe for reasons I dont understand. It must be the hitting third thing, because it isnt something Id trust.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2017-03-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)"Low minors second base prospect is always a tough profile." Ahhh, so THAT'S why every scout crapped all over me, and Dustin, and Cano, and Mookie B., and on and on and on. Maybe second base shouldn't be looked at as a "tough profile" any more than any other position.
(Jose Altuve from Cooperstown, but later)
So Pedroia was a shortstop prospect until Double-A, Cano was mostly a shortstop until High-A (and looked like he would end up at third if we're counting), and Betts played all over the place. People will bring up Jose Altuve until the cows come home, but isn't the guy who turned out to have an 8 hit more the exception than the rule?

Here's an exercise: group your favorite X number of MLB second basemen and see how many were second basemen in the low-minors.

I'll start. Aside from the above, Daniel Murphy wasn't, Ian Kinsler wasn't, Ben Zobrist wasn't, Javier Baez wasn't, Brandon Phillips wasn't, Neil Walker wasn't, Dee Gordon wasn't, Logan Forsythe wasn't, Brian Dozier mostly wasn't, I think Jason Kipnis and Rougned Odor moved there in High-A, hell even Joe Panik moved there in Double-A. (Jarrett Seidler)
2017-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many AB's do you predict for Reds Peraza and Dilson Herrera?
(Bobby from NJ)
How many do you predict for Brandon Phillips? They split the rest more or less. It isn't an easy decision, I get it, but Reds probably need to move on and evaluate what they have here. I still like Herrera, FWIW. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)Pick two: Joe Mauer, Kolten Wong, Matt Holliday, Khris Davis, Brandon Phillips, Pedro Alvarez. These would be the last two keepers in a 5x5 roto league. (Keeping Panda, Shields, JZimm, Starlin already)
(Lior from MN)
Definitely not Phillips or Davis. I'd probably go Mauer and Holliday. (Ben Carsley)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)Brandon Phillips is your dynasty league 2b. You have no backup. How aggressive are you in trading for Odor as his backup/successor?
(JoJo from SD)
The opening to this question was more depressing than The Road. Woof. I'm extremely aggressive in this scenario. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-03-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)When is Matt Holliday's breakdown going to start? Projection for this year?
(Ryan from Arlington)
Well, you could make the case that his performance breakdown has already begun--as Sam pointed out today in his article about Brandon Phillips, declines aren't always a straight slope, but Holliday's TAv has gone down for four straight seasons. That said, I'm not aware of any reason why he'd suddenly fall apart or be unable to stay healthy. PECOTA projects the same WARP as last season (3.4), with a slight bounceback on offense. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Soup starter: Matt Kemp to Cincy for Brandon Phillips. What needs to be added, and dare the Reds get bold and try Billy Hamilton at 2b, at least until Ludwick's deal is up, at which time they put Kemp in LF and BHam in CF?
(DF from Wilmington, NC)
I think the Dodgers would have to kick in some money to make this happen and even though their pockets are deep I think the goal in moving Matt Kemp is to try to save money, not add another long term contract in Brandon Phillips. I suspect that the Dodgers are more likely to move Andre Ethier than Kemp and aren't simply going move Kemp for salary relief. It also seems that the Dodgers are going to try Alexander Guerrero at the keystone and if they do bring in a 2B will bring in someone more "marginal" to compete for the job.

The Reds priority is going to be to make Billy Hamilton comfortable both at the plate and on the field so I think it's unlikely they move him to 2B. That doesn't mean it's impossible, but the club seems committed to keeping him in the outfield for now. (Mike Gianella)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Joey Votto's paucity of RBI was a topic of big discussion last year. What should we expect on the RBI front in 2014 and how would you rank him among 1B in a standard 5x5?
(RMR from Cincinnati)
Hey RMR.

All of this depends on whether or not the Reds put someone decent in front of him in the lineup. Votto was virtually the same as he ever was but suffered through Todd Frazier's miserable OPS and a wounded Brandon Phillips most of the year. If Billy Hamilton can get on base at a semi-decent clip/stick, then Votto's RBI opportunities instantly go up. I'm an unashamed, unapologetic Votto lover. In my mixed valuations last year, only Paul Goldschmidt, Chris Davis, and Michael Cuddyer ranked higher at 1B (not including any non-OF who were 1B eligible). If Miguel Cabrera isn't 1B eligible in your league on Opening Day, Votto's 3rd behind Goldy and Davis. Some of this is just the weakness of the position, some of it is that runs count - and Votto's walks lead to runs - but some of it is that I like valuing skills over stats, particularly since even in a "down" year Votto was still a Top 25 mixed league hitter. I might even put Votto ahead of Davis when I actually sit down and rank these guys in February. (Mike Gianella)
2013-12-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Let's talk about the 2b market. Cano has to stay in NY, right? Is Brandon Phillips staying in CIN for 2014? Who needs a 2B that can handle him and has something to offer?
(Cris E from St Paul, MN)
If Cano landed elsewhere that would surprise me. We know the Royals and Marlins could use new second basemen, and perhaps the Orioles (depending on how they feel about Weeks, Schoop, and retaining Roberts). With Ellis and Infante out there, too, it's hard to see those teams-well, at least the Marlins-giving up too much for Phillips. Maybe the Braves decide they prefer BP to Uggla and La Stella? (R.J. Anderson)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Dexter Fowler recently hit on the hand by a pitch, is it fair to assume he will have a temporary slip in power similar to Brandon Phillips? Also will this have a long-term effects on his already high ISO level. Thanks, looking forward to the next TINSTAPP!
(Jake from CC)
I think that's fair to plan for and go from there. Impossible to know because there isn't a one-size-fits-all HBP meter, but ya I'd plan for a little regression based on playing through pain just to be safe. (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite MLB players?
(Brian from Boston)
My favorite player is Derek Jeter. He's number one for me. After Jeter, I love watching Elvis, Brandon Phillips, Miguel Cabrera swing a bat, Drew Stubbs in the outfield, Bryce Harper doing anything. I could probably list a bunch. (Jason Parks)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Brandon Phillips - $27 stud to build a team around in a 4x4 10 team NL auction league, or chum to be thrown back into the pool to soak up other people's dollars?
(Ratcatcher from Gormenghast)
Neither...he's a keep in a league with any kind of inflation but certainly not a guy I'd build my team around either. (Mike Gianella)
2011-06-29 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite players to deal with, both past or present?
(Gerald from Savannah)
Geez. That's a tough one because there are so many good guys I have dealt with in 24 years of covering baseball. I hate to leave people out but some of my favorites would have to include Sean Casey, John Burkett, Jay Bell, Craig Wilson, Jason Schmidt, Michael Barrett from the past. From the present: Jason Bay, Cole Hamels, Carlos Pena, Scott Rolen, Brandon Phillips, Nyjer Morgan, Neil Walker, Joel Hanrahan, Adam Jones, Max Scherzer, Don Kelly, Chris Perez, Adam Dunn, Matt Capps, Torii Hunter, Kurt Suzuki, Ian Kinsler. (John Perrotto)
2011-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much longer can Brandon Phillips sustain his multi-faceted game? Given his stellar D and solid bat, would the Reds be wise to extend him?
(Johnny from NYC)
I love Phillips. They team holds an option for '12, so there isn't a crazy rush, but I think he is a player worth keeping around. I wouldn't go crazy, but I'd explore a 3/4 year ext. (Jason Parks)
2009-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)"Jays got more back than the Twins did for Johan Santana (it would be hard to do worse, I think)." As you note, that's setting the bar pretty low. Is that the worst trade of the last ten years? I can't think of any that are worse off the top of my head...
(mattymatty2000 from philly, pa)
Only time will tell, but I think you can make strong cases for the Expos' acquisition of Bartolo Colon (Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee and Brandon Phillips to Cleveland) and the Braves' acquisition of Mark Teixeira (Neftali Felix, Elvis Andrus, Jarrod Saltalamacchia - yeah, I can spell it without looking - et al). Still, it's in the picture for the clinkers of note. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Worst trade of the 00s has to be June 27, 2002: Omar Minaya of the Montreal Expos trades away Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips, Grady Sizemore and Lee Stevens for Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew. As a Nats fan, I still have delusions of how what they'd be doing right now.
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
I'll always defend that one. On that date, Minaya had little reason to believe those players would ever be Expos. He did exactly the right thing under those circumstances. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-09-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Christina...Love your work, it always brightens my day. Quick question on my beloved Reds. The Reds haven't had a legit SS since Barry Larkin retired and they have no real prospects lined up at the position (particularly with Chris Valaika struggling mightily in AAA). What do the Reds do for 2010 if they can't bring in a FA or trade acquisition? Could they move Brandon Phillips back to SS or is he too valuable at this point at 2b? It just seems like the franchise has a number of guys who would be better fits at 2b. Would love to hear your thoughts.
(JoshC77 from Columbus)
Hi Josh, thank you for the kind words. I've been suggesting Phillips as their best-possible answer at short for a couple of seasons now, especially given that they play in a bandbox and can't really afford to wind up with some slick-fielding offensive non-entity when they're already shy of star players in the lineup. An infield with Votto and Rolen at the corners, Phillips at short, and Todd Frazier at second might not be enough to carry that outfield, but it's a start in the right direction. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Would this offseason be a good time for the Reds to trade Brandon Phillips, what with Todd Frazier coming down the line and their whole payroll going to about four players? It seems like they could get something real pretty in return.
(Charles from Detroit)
It's worth considering, because after Mark DeRosa and Orlando Hudson in the free-agent pool, you've got Placido Polanco. The problem will be Phillips' back-loaded contract and whether the Reds will eat any of it, because otherwise the number of teams willing to trade for a guy due to make $11 million in 2011 are few and far between. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is it safe to write-off Delmon Young as a bust?
(Reggie from Montgomery)
Well, I hate to rush these things; for every David Green, you might find a guy like Milton Bradley or Brandon Phillips. There might be factors in play here that only time and hard experience might iron out, so I wouldn't put this on the Twins. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-12-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you Reds fans finally have reason for optimism with a solid young core of Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, Edwin Encarnacion, Brandon Phillips, Chris Dickerson, Johnny Cueto, and Edinson Volquez?
(Brandon from Charleston)
Absolutely, there's reason for optimism so long as Dusty Baker doesn't mangle those arms.

I had the Reds as my sleeper team last year and while they didn't get there, most of the guys you mentioned are fascinating, with a ton of upside. The series I watched most closely all year long was when the Reds came to Yankee Stadium in late June.

I don't see the Reds with a shot at the 2009 NL Central but I think third place is a possibility with the right moves this winter. One of which might be taking out a restraining order against Baker from coming to the ballpark. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-06-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kind of a wierd question, can you say anything about how former prospects will often fade, then resurface? The extreme example is Hamilton, but Paul Wilson had a couple good years after faltering, Brandon Phillips, etc....
(David from Sonoma State University, CA)
It certianly happens, and it follows the scouting cliche of "tools play" (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-05-05 12:30:00 (link to chat)You compared Tim Beckham to Brian Roberts--could you elaborate? Brian Roberts at SS...Brian Roberts with more power...or simply Brian Roberts?
(ddknowles77 from Eugene, OR)
I meant to say Brian Roberts and Brandon Phillips, because those are the types of do-everything players I see as Beckham's potential. Yes, Beckham gets more points because he's a true shortstop, and a truer shortstop than Phillips ever was. If he has more power than Roberts, I don't think he'll have more power than Phillips. He probably won't be as patient as Roberts, though. Some sort of hybrid of those two players is Beckham's ceiling, for me. And that's a pretty good ceiling for a SS, by the way. (Bryan Smith)
2008-05-05 12:30:00 (link to chat)Are "busted prospects" the next Moneyball-type steals? Brandon Phillips, Josh Hamilton, etc.
(Hank from Colorado)
Ha, good question. If anything, I think these guys teach organizations that it's never a good thing to quit on a guy with fantastic talent. Now the Rays had no choice with Hamilton, who was truly just a prescient pick by the Reds. But with Phillips, I think the Indians quit on him a little early. It was easy to do given that he was running his mouth, but I think you wait it out. (Bryan Smith)
2008-03-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)Is it possible that 2 of the Reds' top 3 hitters won't even be in the Reds' Opening Day lineup with Votto and Bruce? In addition, will the other one of the top 3 (Dunn) be hitting 5th behind OBP-deficient Brandon Phillips?
(birkem3 from Dayton)
One of the challenges the Reds face is that despite a good collection of hitters, they don't have a leadoff hitter. (The Cubs have this problem as well.) Brandon Phillips is a second baseman with speed, but should probably bat fourth for them. Or seventh.

I'd lead off Keppinger, I guess, because he's a bad #2 guy (GIDPs) who could post a .350 OBP. Obviously, playing Votto and Bruce, especially Bruce, is the most important issue. The thing is, Hatteberg is a nice little player. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-03-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where would BJ Upton rank on your list of 2B today?
(tschiera from Brooklyn)
That's a good question, since he slots in nicely alongside Brandon Phillips (#3). Phillips probably has more power at present (I'm leaning towards his 75th-90th rather than his weighted mean, personally), but Upton will probably best him in average. Both of them are going to get you steals too, so it's a matter of team building preference. (Marc Normandin)
2008-01-25 13:30:00 (link to chat)Any insight in to why Brandon Phillips scored so poorly in SFR? I'm no scout, but he consistently gets good jumps, moves well, and has very good hands. I just can't accept that Rich Aurilia played a better 2B than Phillips...
(TheRedsMan from Chicago)
Great question. Well, SFR liked him back in 2003 when I had him at +5 :)

So in 2006 I had him at -16 and 2007 he was -9. UZR has him at +3 in 2003 and -5 in 2006 and +3 (half season) in 2007.

Simply put, I don't have any good answers at this point but it's not like UZR sees him as a super defender either.

It's important to keep in mind that SFR for each infielder is affected by the guy(s) playing next to him. This is the case because it partitions ball that make it into the outfield. If Phillips has very poor defenders at first and (less so) at shortstop his numbers will be affected. There are also perhaps positioning issues that come into play that SFR can't address at a detailed level. Still, his numbers for me have been pretty consistently low and so it's kind of a mystery. (Dan Fox)
2008-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will - tell me what to expect from B.J. Upton this year. Seems like he is knocking on the door of monster land. 40-40?
(MDM from Glendale, MO)
I'm not sure if Brandon Phillips is on Upton's comparable list, but I think Upton has that kind of talent, if he applies himself. (Will Carroll)


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DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableBrandon Phillips just stole third with a left-handed hitter up. There were two on in the 8th with the hitter representing the tying run. He was safe on a close play, but the question must be asked: WHY? (David Laurila)
 

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