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6/28/1981 (35 y, 7 m, 24 d)
1999 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 6, Overall: 57, Team: Montreal Expos
$72.5M / 6 Years (2012 - 2017)
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Year in Review:
Ever since the Indians gave up on Phillips and traded him to the Reds for a Player to be Named Later at the start of the 2006 season, Phillips has been a mainstay in the Reds lineup and an anchor for their infield defense. The 2009 season was no exception, as he hit .276/.329/.447 with 20 homers and a wOBA of .337. Phillips also stole 25 bases in 34 tries, and drove in 98 runs along with scoring 78. Phillips is a free swinger at the plate, giving fantasy owners a chance for run production at the second base position. On the defensive side of the ball, Phillips posted a positive UZR for the third straight season, coming in at a plus-6.9 mark.
The Year Ahead:
Phillips has never lived up to his numbers from the 2007 season, when he hit 30 homers and stole 32 bases with a .288 average, and probably never will. His 2009 numbers all seem to fall within his averages, and are likely very similar to what you will get from Phillips in 2010. Aside from Phillips, only Chase Utley and Ian Kinsler were in the 20/20 club at the second base position last season, making Phillips one of the top second basemen going into the 2010 season. His batting average will scare some owners off, and his 2007 season will falsely attract some into drafting him early. If you can fall right into the middle of those two, Phillips can be had at a fair price and be a nice contributor to your offense if you can take the batting average hit. (Zach Sanders)
In 2010, Phillips was one of the better fantasy second basemen, scoring 100 runs, hitting 18 home runs, and adding 16 stolen bases. However, his .275/.332/.430 line (quite similar to his career line) doesn't quite put him into the elite level of second basemen. His position at the top of the order has limited his RBIs, and his propensity for low BABIPs (.286 career) limits his ability to post top-flight batting averages. Especially with the solid Reds lineup behind him, he should be able to continue to threaten the 100-run mark on a yearly basis. His natural power combined with the friendly configuration of Great American Ballpark should make him a top home-run threat at the position as well. We've seen Phillips as a Red for five years now, so we have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Look for Phillips to post a line similar to .275, 90 runs, 60-80 RBIs (depending on his lineup slot), 20 HR, and 15-20 SB in 2011. (Jack Moore)
The Quick Opinion:
Phillips posted yet another solid season in 2010. He's not quite on the level of Chase Utley or Dan Uggla, but he's one of the better fantasy second basemen around.
Phillips has been a good fantasy option at second base for a few seasons. His value has been declining since 2007. His home runs have gone every year from 30 to 18, and most of those home runs have turned into doubles (from 26 in 2007 to 38 in 2011). Also, his stolen bases have declined, going from 32 to 14. This decline doesn't mean that he isn't useful. A second baseman that consistently puts up double digits in home runs and stolen bases with a ~.275 AVG will have value. His runs and RBI have been fairly constant over the years. Even with the decline, he should be one of the top five second basemen taken in the in a draft or auction. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Even with declining skills, Phillips is still a top-five fantasy second baseman.
Since joining the Reds in 2006, Phillips has been able to stay relatively healthy, enabling him to play in at least 140 games in each of his seven seasons with the team. In those seven seasons, Phillips averaged just over 20 homers, 80 runs scored, 80 runs batted in and 20 stolen bases while hitting at a .279 clip. That batting average is interesting -- Phillips has power and speed and hits the ball on the ground, but hasn't been able to post a career batting average on balls in play over .300. That's because he isn't a great line drive hitter, and that doesn't look likely to change. Although you can expect Phillips’ power and batting average numbers to fall in line with his career norms again in 2013, it’s unlikely that his stolen base total will return to that of his glory days. He is turning 32 this year, and age comes for everyone, even the steadiest producers. (Alan Harrison)
The Quick Opinion:
For the good part of the last decade, Brandon Phillips has provided some of the most consistent fantasy production across the standard five categories from the second base position. Re-drafters in 2013 should once again feel comfortable snagging Phillips after the marquee second basemen are off the board, and expect more of the same consistent production.
Age is starting to take its toll on Phillips. He still hits for decent power at his position, but his speed completely deserted him last season. There have been some rumblings that the Reds would be willing to deal him during the offseason, which would likely negatively impact his value given his current home park. Phillips' average has rarely been his strength, and the decline he's seeing in his other skills is starting to make him a less appealing fantasy option. Second base is still weak, though, meaning Phillips will once again be a top-10 option at the position. But for how long? (
The Quick Opinion:
Phillips is starting to lose some of his value, but is still a useful asset at second base. He'll once again be a top-10 option at the position.
In 2006, Phillips began an eight-year stretch in which he averaged 20 home runs, 19 stolen bases, 83 knocked in and 86 runs scored a season, all while compiling a .766 on-base plus slugging percentage, numbers that made him a highly valuable second baseman. But despite establishing a new career high with 103 RBIs in 2013, there were ominous signs that a decline was on the way: his slugging percentage dipped below .400 for the first time in his career and the stolen bases dried up, problems that would continue into his next season. Some of the blame in 2014 can be attributed to a torn ligament in his left thumb that cost him five weeks, and a supporting cast that lost Shin-Soo Choo to free agency and Joey Votto to a quadriceps injury, not Jay Bruce’s bat to wherever it went. But Phillips was more than just a victim of circumstance; his average batted ball distance plunged more than 10 feet from his career norm, which explains a sharp decrease in the frequency in which his fly balls turned into home runs. On top of that, his contact rate slipped under 80% for the second year in a row, and his swinging strike percentage rose for the third straight year. For Phillips, who turns 34 in June, age seems to be quickly catching up to him, and despite playing in a hitter-friendly park, there are too many troubling indicators to ignore what’s become a clear period of decline for the three-time all-star. (
Karl de Vries
The Quick Opinion:
As second base has become deeper in recent years, Phillips shouldn’t be depended upon as more than a low-end option in mixed leagues.
What happens when your power evaporates? You steal bases like crazy, of course! Phillips stole more bases in 2015 (23) than he did over the previous three seasons combined (22). It was also his highest total since 2009. At age 34, you don't need me to tell you that this is highly unlikely to be repeated. The good news is that he struck out at the lowest rate of his career, which is absolutely not how aging is supposed to work. Though the Reds lineup is extremely suspect, Phillips should remain in the middle of it, which will make it easy for him to collect respectable runs batted in and runs scored totals. That means that even if his stolen base total tumbles, he should remain an asset, even in shallow mixed leagues. (
The Quick Opinion:
Who would have guessed that Phillips would go 10/20 for the first time since 2009 and earn top value at the second base position? Obviously, he shouldn't be counted on for a repeat, but with a spot in the middle of the Reds order, he could deliver solid value again, even given some expected regression.
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