Brett Phillips
Brett Phillips
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Tampa Bay Rays
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Whatever shine he had left is gone, but Phillips should get another chance to prove himself as a big leaguer. Traded to Kansas City midway through 2018, Phillips began his first full season in the Royals organization at Triple-A Omaha. While he struck out too much (28.5%) and hit for a low average, Phillips tied for second in the Pacific Coast League with 72 walks and stole 22 bases in 23 attempts. In total, he was 12% better than the average PCL hitter. He finally got the call to the majors Aug. 16, and his success did not carry over. Phillips continued to walk at a healthy clip, but his batted-ball numbers (84.6 mph average exit velocity, 23.9% hard-hit per Statcast) were atrocious. Defense is his saving grace and his abilities on that side of the ball should afford Phillips time to figure something out at the dish. He's out of options, so expect him to be with the team in some capacity on Opening Day. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#601
ADP
$Traded to the Rays in August of 2020.
Hero for Game 4
OFTampa Bay Rays
October 25, 2020
Phillips delivered an RBI single that resulted in the game-winning run in his only plate appearance during the win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.
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The 26-year-old entered as a pinch runner for Ji-Man Choi during the bottom of the eighth inning and remained in the game as a defensive replacement, and he came up to bat with two outs in the ninth with the Rays trailing 7-6 with runners on first and second. Phillips' RBI single to center field was misplayed by Chris Taylor, and the subsequent relay was missed by catcher Will Smith, allowing Randy Arozarena to score the winning run despite falling down halfway to home plate. Phillips is as unlikely a hero as anyone, since he was left off the roster for the ALCS and his last plate appearance before Game 4 came over two weeks ago in the ALDS versus the Yankees, but he came through in the clutch for the Rays on Saturday.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+18%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+41%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+31%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+64%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .501 62 4 0 1 3 .185 .279 .222
Since 2018vs Right .593 223 28 6 21 7 .173 .257 .337
2020vs Left .929 8 0 0 0 2 .429 .500 .429
2020vs Right .661 51 10 2 5 4 .159 .275 .386
2019vs Left .633 13 1 0 0 1 .200 .333 .300
2019vs Right .485 66 6 2 6 2 .127 .231 .255
2018vs Left .382 41 3 0 1 0 .135 .220 .162
2018vs Right .625 106 12 2 10 1 .206 .264 .361
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+58%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+29%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+74%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+68%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .709 137 21 3 11 7 .231 .316 .393
Since 2018Away .449 146 11 3 11 3 .129 .207 .242
2020Home .792 27 5 1 2 3 .250 .333 .458
2020Away .613 30 5 1 3 3 .154 .267 .346
2019Home .644 41 6 1 5 3 .188 .300 .344
2019Away .371 38 1 1 1 0 .091 .189 .182
2018Home .712 69 10 1 4 1 .246 .319 .393
2018Away .425 78 5 1 7 0 .137 .192 .233
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Stat Review
How does Brett Phillips compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.53
 
BB Rate
13.6%
 
K Rate
25.4%
 
BABIP
.235
 
ISO
.196
 
AVG
.196
 
OBP
.305
 
SLG
.392
 
OPS
.697
 
wOBA
.268
 
Exit Velocity
79.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.6%
 
Barrels/PA
5.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Phillips took a step back in 2018 after his successful major-league debut in 2017. Thanks to the Brewers' offseason acquisitions, he opened the season in Triple-A and spent the first half shuttling between the majors and minors. He struggled at both stops and was traded to Kansas City in July, and the change of scenery didn’t help. The 24-year-old ended up hitting a combined .187/.252/.306 across 51 games between the Brewers and Royals. Strikeouts were a major issue for Phillips once again, as he whiffed 31.4% of the time at Triple-A and 41.5% of the time in the majors. While he offers a modest combination of power and speed, it’s unclear if he’ll be able to make enough contact for those skills to manifest. Phillips should get plenty of chances for the rebuilding Royals as a plus defender in the outfield, though he could fall into a platoon given his career splits (.368 OPS against lefties, .728 OPS against righties).
A subpar 2016 campaign at the minor-league level dimmed Phillips' prospect star, but he made up the lost ground and then some in 2017, finding his stroke at Triple-A Colorado Springs and eventually earning a prominent role in center field with the big-league club over the season's final month. Phillips' rebound definitely got a boost from the thin air of Colorado, but his season on the whole helped move him back up prospect lists. Phillips appeared to be on the verge of competing for the Brewers' starting center field spot, but the acquisition of Lorenzo Cain rules that out and clouds his future some. Phillips doesn't handle left-handers particularly well, but he has a cannon for an arm and can play all three outfield spots, so he has an inside track to breaking camp with the big club -- as long as he is not packaged in a trade. He's going to leave something to be desired in the batting average category, but can contribute in both the power and speed areas, making him someone to consider later in drafts. Just don't expect him to play every day if he remains with the Brewers.
Phillips is one of Milwaukee's best defensive prospects, as he could be a plus defender in right field. Unfortunately, his offensive profile has backed up ever since the Brewers acquired him from Houston in the Carlos Gomez deal of 2015. He continues to show a little bit of power and speed, but has struggled mightily to make contact in recent seasons, posting a 29.8 percent strikeout rate during a return trip to Double-A. His strong plate discipline (13 percent walk rate last year), average power, average speed and high-end defense will likely be enough to get him to The Show, but his contact issues are getting pretty alarming, considering he does not possess a plus offensive tool. At 22 years old, Phillips was still two years younger than league average in the Southern League, and he has good makeup, so he could figure things out. However, his prospect stock has dipped to the point that he can be cut loose in leagues where 150 or fewer prospects are rostered.
Even though Domingo Santana is already in the major leagues, Phillips was the jewel of the Carlos Gomez trade last summer. The 21-year-old advanced to Double-A after making short work of High-A, as he homered 15 times in 66 games to earn the promotion. Phillips has a .295/.370/.487 line in 345 minor league games and has solid tools across the board. He's expected to be able to play a sharp major league center field, and while his power isn't elite, he has homered 33 times in the past two seasons. Speed is what makes Phillips as a prospect, though, as he has stolen 40 bases and hit a ridiculous 28 triples in the past two seasons. Phillips isn't expected to reach the majors until 2017, but if he starts out hot this season, he could earn himself a midseason callup to Milwaukee.
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Back on roster for World Series
OFTampa Bay Rays
October 20, 2020
Phillips was added to the Rays' roster for the World Series on Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Removed from ALCS roster
OFTampa Bay Rays
October 11, 2020
The Rays optioned Phillips (hamstring) to their taxi squad Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Out with hamstring tightness
OFTampa Bay Rays
Hamstring
September 27, 2020
Phillips was removed from Sunday's game against the Phillies with right hamstring tightness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Smacks game-tying home run
OFTampa Bay Rays
September 26, 2020
Phillips went 2-for-2 with a home run, two RBI and two walks in Friday's win against the Phillies.
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Rips triple in matinee
OFTampa Bay Rays
September 18, 2020
Phillips went 1-for-2 with an RBI triple during a win over the Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday.
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