Originally Posted by RedsManRick
If I'm doing the math right, Phipps has a .436 BABIP across AA-AAA this year. I don't see a Sappelt like breakout here. I see a .260/.320/.400 hitter who's shown a touch more power and had a ton of luck.
The contact rate is still mediocre. BB:K ratio hasn't budged. His speed isn't' such that he's an infield single freak. Same guy, flukish results.
Sappelt's 2010 stats were mildly inflated by some good luck, but generally supported by his peripherals and his 2011 stats were in line with peripherals. Not really a good comp for Philpps.
This. I'm not really banking on Phipps at all at this point. I'm pretty sure he doesn't have the speed for centerfield, and barring improvement, he shouldn't be getting PT over Heisey or Sappelt in left.