Currently, the Milwaukee Brewers only have three true outfielders on their active roster. Hernan Perez and Eric Thames can play in the corners on occasion, but the Brewers need another true outfielder. That’s where Brett Phillips comes in.
Phillips has performed really well in the Major Leagues this year in his stints with the club and provides excellent defense. With Lewis Brinson injured, Phillips is the only other outfielder on the 40-man roster. Keon Broxton is on a hot streak right now, but what if it ends? Phillips is the only other healthy player that can man center field. He’s been productive at Triple-A and had started to heat up with Milwaukee before his demotion.
He’s been up with the club before and provides much needed depth in the outfield, making him an obvious choice for Craig Counsell. Phillips has 19 homers in Triple-A with a .311 average. He does strike out more than the Brewers would like, but it’s not an issue that cripples his chances of success in the Major Leagues.
Generally speaking, the Milwaukee Brewers don’t tend to bring up guys just for the sake of bringing them up. They don’t generally bring up guys for their Major League debuts. They call up players who they’ve seen during the season for the most part. There may not be many new names for Brewers fans to see this September.