Acquired: Via trade from the Astros on July 30, 2015, with RHP Adrian Houser, OF Domingo Santana and LHP Josh Hader for OF Carlos Gomez and RHP Mike Fiers (MIL). Originally drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft (HOU).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|Hitting .297 with 11 home runs, 10 doubles and 41 RBIs in 49 games at Colorado Springs (Triple-A) with two stolen bases, a .369 OBP and a .589 SLG.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Colorado Springs on June 5 when 3B Travis Shaw was placed on paternity leave.
MLB Debut Date: 06/05/17
|June 5, in a 7-2 loss to the Giants. The starting center fielder, he batted eighth and went 1-for-3. He made a fielding error on a fly bal in the ninth innings that led to two unearned runs, and also record an outfield assist when he nailed Denard Span attempting to stretch a single in the third inning. In the second, facing right-handed starter Jeff Samardzija with two outs, he struck out swinging. In the fifth, with two outs, he struck out swinging. In the eighth, still facing Samardzija, he singled to center to lead off the inning.|
|There are so many fun facts about Phillips, but the most fun of all may be that his middle name is Maverick, partly in honor of the character made famous by actor James Garner and which was also Phillips' dad's nickname as a kid. According to MLB.com, Phillips is known for his "infectious laugh" which certainly is a pretty awesome distinction as well. Oh, and he can play a little bit: a Rising Star during the most recent Arizona Fall League season, he was slowed by an oblique strain in 2016 which saw his average dip to just .229, though he still hit 16 home runs with 62 RBIs and 12 stolen bases at Biloxi (Double-A). But in 2015 he combined between three teams and two organizations -- Lancaster (High A), Corpus Christi (Double-A) and Biloxi to hit .309 with 16 home runs, 77 RBIs, 17 stolen bases, 34 doubles and 14 triples for a .527 SLG in 120 games. The summer before, between Quad Cities (Class A) and Lancaster, he'd combined to bat .310 with 17 home runs, 68 RBIs, 23 stolen bases, 29 doubles and 14 triples in 130 games.|