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San Francisco Giants: Looking at the Milwaukee Brewers Surplus of Outfielders

MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 30: Keon Broxton
MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 30: Keon Broxton
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MILWAUKEE, WI – SEPTEMBER 13: Brett Phillips #33 of the Milwaukee Brewers breaks his bat hitting a single in the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park on September 13, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI – SEPTEMBER 13: Brett Phillips #33 of the Milwaukee Brewers breaks his bat hitting a single in the third inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park on September 13, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Brett Phillips

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Phillips had been a top prospect heading into the 2017 season, and he did not disappoint. He gave the Brewers a taste of how he can be a long-term piece.

However, similar to Broxton, Phillips boasts a high strikeout rate. Additionally, Phillips had a .276 batting average with an unsustainable .408 BABIP in a small sample last season. The sample is small, and the BABIP is high. This makes it difficult to project Phillips’ offensive value at the moment.

Phillips can play all three outfield positions, and has a reputation for a solid glove at each position. The defensive metrics agreed that he is, in fact, a good outfielder. He posted a 107 OPS+ suggesting that he is an above-average hitter in the small sample we saw.

Phillips is the youngest of the bunch at 23 years old, and under control for many more years.

Final Take

All three players are not eligible for arbitration this season, so they all make sense from a financial standpoint.

Phillips is the most appealing option due to his age, cost, and upside.

The Brewers will have to trade one or two of the above mentioned, and Broxton has the lowest cost and the lowest value. His upside is limited, and is coming off a down year. He is a nice buy-low option, but that high strikeout rate is a cause for concern.

Next: San Francisco Giants: Is Austin Jackson meant to be a fourth outfielder?

If the Giants make a trade with the Brewers, it will likely be Broxton’s name that gets called.

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