The Milwaukee Brewers have placed third baseman Travis Shaw on the paternity list. In a corresponding move, they have finally called up a top prospect. Brett Phillips will finally make his much-anticipated major league debut since he was acquired from the Houston Astros for Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers.
Phillips, who has been absolutely tearing the cover off of the baseball in Triple-A with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, owns an impressive line of .297/.369/.589 with 11 home runs and 41 RBIs.
Last year in Double-A Biloxi, Phillips did not fare too well. He slashed .229/.332/.397 with 16 home runs and 62 RBIs.
He has almost eclipsed his 2016 statistics, and it’s only the beginning of June.
This promotion is definitely a very exciting surprise for the Milwaukee Brewers. It should take the sting out of losing third baseman Travis Shaw for a few days.
Phillips is in the starting lineup tonight against the San Francisco Giants. He is batting 8th.
According to Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors, the promotion is expected to be temporary. That may not be the case.
If the Milwaukee Brewers want to keep Phillips in at the Major League level, there is nothing stopping them from doing so.
DFAing utility man Nick Franklin creates a roster spot and Brett Phillips could become the primary left fielder until Braun returns. If he performs well, then you have a choice. It would be a difficult decision to make, but the Brewers could move Phillips over to center field if Keon Broxton hits a wall.
Whatever happens, happens, but I for one am just glad to see such a great guy and player finally get his much deserved Major League debut tonight for our Milwaukee Brewers. Monday night could very well be the start of an amazing Major League career.