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Brett Phillips (baseball)
Phillips with the Omaha Storm Chasers in 2019
|Kansas City Royals – No. 14|
|Born: (1994-05-30) May 30, 1994
|June 5, 2017, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
(through 2019 season)
|Runs batted in||29|
Brett Maverick Phillips (born May 30, 1994) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Phillips attended Seminole High School in Seminole, Florida, and was drafted by the Houston Astros in the sixth round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft. He signed with the Astros rather than play college baseball at North Carolina State University.
In 2012, Phillips made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast Astros of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, hitting .251 in 54 games. He played in 41 games in 2013 between the Greeneville Astros of the Rookie-level Appalachian League and Quad Cities River Bandits of the Class A Midwest League, hitting .242/.347/.331 in 157 at-bats. Phillips started 2014 back with Quad Cities and was promoted to the Lancaster JetHawks of the Class A-Advanced California League after posting a .883 on-base plus slugging (OPS) and 13 home runs in 103 games. He finished the year hitting .310/.375/.529 with 17 home runs and was named the Astros' Minor League Player of the Year after the season.
On July 30, 2015, the Astros traded Phillips, Domingo Santana, Josh Hader, and Adrian Houser to the Milwaukee Brewers for Carlos Gómez and Mike Fiers. He finished the season with the Biloxi Shuckers of the Class AA Southern League. The Brewers invited Phillips to spring training, where he was to compete to be the Brewers center fielder for the 2016 season. However, he strained an oblique muscle and was sent to minor league camp before he could appear in a game. The Brewers opted to assign Phillips to Biloxi to start the 2016 season. The Brewers added him to their 40-man roster after the season. He started the 2017 season with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.
On June 5, 2017, Phillips was called up to the Brewers to make his MLB debut. In limited action he hit .276 with 4 homers and 12 RBI, and set a Statcast record with a 104 miles per hour (167 km/h) throw against the Pittsburgh Pirates to put David Freese out at home plate.
Phillips began the 2018 season in the minors and only saw 24 plate appearances with the Brewers, hitting just .182 with no homers and 4 RBI.
Kansas City Royals
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