Former Astros prospect Brett Phillips was a darling of the Houston minor league system when he exploded onto the scene in 2014 in Single-A Lancaster.
Phillips soon began the darling of the Brewers minor league system in 2015 when he was traded to Milwaukee as a key piece in the Carlos Gomez/Mike Fiers trade. The move helped the Astros for the stretch run toward the playoffs and Fiers threw a no-hitter that season.
In end, the trade won’t have a positive outcome for the Astros after the implosion of Gomez and the emergence of Josh Hader and Domingo Santana.
Phillips didn’t have a strong start to his time with the Brewers system, he batted .229 (101x441) with 16 home runs and 62 RBIs in 124 games with Double-A Biloxi. He rebounded this season with Triple-A Colorado Springs, batting .297 (52x198) in 49 games.
He was made his first major league start on Monday with Travis Shaw out on paternity leave. Phillips was quick to show off his defensive skills in center field and collected his first major league hit.
It’s great to see Phillips in the majors, just not great to see him in anything other than an Astros uniform.