Brett Phillips at #9 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 10 Outfielders List
As we’ve wrapped up the Brewers Prospect Rankings, Brett Phillips is already a familiar name for fans as he was nearly at the top, being ranked at #2. Between the A+ and AA numbers with the Astros, plus the AA numbers after his acquisition with the Brewers, he batted .309/.374/.527 along with 16 HRs and 77 RBIs. To get a more detailed breakdown of Phillips, check Adam McIntosh’s article here.
Last night, he gave some insight and answered some questions from fans during MLB Network’s Top 50 Prospects show:
Carson Fulmer came in at #38 for the Chicago White Sox and pitched up to the A+ level in 2015.
This was Phillips’ guess on where Orlando Arcia would land on the list. He came in at #6.
Finally, Phillips’ take on Brewers’ AA pitcher, Josh Hader, who came in at #61.
Getting back to other players around the league on the MLB Pipeline’s Top OF list, our neighbors in Minnesota have a name to be excited about being at #1, as most fans are already very familiar with the name being dressed up in the Twins uniform in 2015. Byron Buxton. He had 129 at-bats, 2 shy of being considered a rookie in the MLB. Buxton has speed and power, yet his numbers didn’t really say much batting just .209/.250/.326 with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs. But, he wasn’t necessarily ready to be called up as Twins’ injuries were the reason he came up in the first place. Jim Callis gave fans a good reminder on MLB Network last night that Mike Trout had a slow start in his premiere in the big leagues and I think he turned out okay. Overall, fans have much to look forward to as many may remember he was a part of a scary concussion in 2014 and it’s good to see him bounce back and hopefully come into the 2016 ready for the full season.
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Looking into who made it part of the NL Central, at #4 Austin Meadows was much like Byron Buxton in 2015. He suffered hamstring injuries in 2014 and couldn’t play the full season as he only played through 45 games. Meadows had a solid batting line of .310/.360/.420 along with 7 HRs and 55 RBIs. It is projected his power numbers will go up and scouts like his strong arm. With the depth currently in outfield for the Pirates, there’s no rush for him to move up the system.
At #10, is Jesse Winker of the Cincinnati Reds. It was the tale of two halves in the hitting department. 1st half – .248/.352/.349 compared to 2nd half – .316/.426/.516. Pretty big difference. Overall, the numbers were .282/.390/.433, all part of the AA club. Although, his hitting was questionable, his defense and base running improved. With 13 HRs and 55 RBIs, his power is up for debate and scouts will continue to keep a close eye on it.