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2015 TCB Astros March Madness: Chris Carter vs. Brett Phillips

Oh yeah, here we go. Big power and a big MLB breakout, or one of the biggest prospect breakouts we've seen in years? It's Trogdor vs. Maverick!

Just a reminder; voting will stay open for 24 hours for each of these match-ups, and there will be two match-ups per day. For a complete breakdown, check out the introductory post if you haven't already. Get those votes in while you can!

Round One, Match Twenty Six

Chris Carter, DH

Trogdor wields the power of the boomstick better than anyone in the organization. A possible true 80-grade tool, he finally showed some supporting ability after a terrible start when he made some adjustments. His in-game power increased and his average jumped nearly 50 points in the second half, and he finished tied with Giancarlo Stanton for second-most homers in the Majors. If his improvements prove sustainable, the franchise's first fifty homer season is far from a pipe dream. -- Brian Stevenson


Brett Phillips, OF

"Meteoric" might be an understatement when discussing Phillips’ rise in the rankings. This kid came in at #46 last year. Graduations at the top can’t explain that kind of rise away. Phillips went from a far-away two-way prep-project with some intriguing tools to a legit prospect that can’t be ignored in the space of 12 months, putting up Correa-esque numbers between Quad-Cities and Lancaster. He drew some walks, held his strike outs nicely in check, stole some bases, and most notably, didn’t see a crazy spike in power in Lancaster; his .219 ISO from Quad-Cities merely held up and continued to look real. Reports say his route running still needs considerable work, but if that improves and he continues ripping up the A-levels, expect him in AA at some point this year, where he can really begin to prove he’s as good as we want to believe. Jeff Luhnow may just hit the jackpot with his first drafted lottery ticket. -- Brian Stevenson