Re: Reds purchase the contract of Phipps
Phipps didn't turn into an elite line drive hitter. He had a LD rate of 25%, which is well above average without a doubt, but guys do that all of the time and come back down.
I am with Rick, somewhat. I believe that Phipps breakout was mostly from an insanely high BABIP. He made ever so slight improvements across the board in his peripherals.
He has good offensive tools. He always has. I, and some of you, have been hearing it for years. But those tools aren't breaking the BABIP rule. If he even turned into Joey Votto in terms of BABIP, he is probably a 4th outfielder because he has excellent defense. Phipps might find himself as an extra outfielder because he can play all three spots and has an outstanding arm (I am probably understating his arm there). I just don't see him hitting enough to be an every day player unless he makes actual improvements in either his walk rate or his strikeout rate that are significant.