Brett Philllips has a cannon, hose, torpedo, gun, bazooka, rifle, rocket, whatever weapon or gardening equipment you choose, he has that for a throwing arm. And Maverick is not afraid to show it off.
He gave fans a little preview during his Major League debut in June but it was in September when Phillips forced everyone to take notice of his throwing arm, at the expense of David Freese.
That throw came in at 104 MPH! Phillips gunned down David Freese to end the fourth inning en route to a 8-2 victory over the Pirates. With this victory, the Brewers moved back into second place behind the Cubs after falling down to third place amidst their second half struggles.
This was around the time that Phillips began to get more regular playing time in the outfield over incumbent centerfielder Keon Broxton. While Broxton is lauded for his defense, Phillips began to prove that he can bring even more defensively than Broxton can.
This throw made MLB Pipeline rethink their scouting grade on Phillips’ arm. That’s how good it was. After that, the rest of the league will start to think twice about sending runners against the young outfielder.
The Brewers outfield is already full of good arms and Phillips is just the latest to join the mix. Even with Phillips being on the prospect radar for awhile now, Brewers fans were still just getting to know Phillips as a baseball player. Everyone already knew about his incredible laugh, but they didn’t really know what he brought to the table as a player.
Now everyone is aware, not just Brewers fans, that Phillips has a cannon, or a bazooka, or whatever you want to call it, for an arm and that lands him at the ninth best moment of the season.