Perhaps the question should be who's the better offensive player? I don't want to ignore BP's SB ability.
IMO it's still EE. Better OBP = fewer outs. EE was the MAN with runners in scoring position.
runner on 2B
BP .196 BA, .275 OBP, .391 SLG 46 AB's
EE .348 BA, .444 OBP, .543 SLG 46 AB's
runner on 3B
BP .333 BA, .444 OBP, .476 SLG 21 AB's
EE .333 BA, .400 OBP, .417 SLG 12 AB's
runners at 1st and 3rd
BP .471 BA, .450 OBP, .706 SLG 17 AB's (these are eyepopping numbers, but BP's OBP is actually lower than his BA here. Still mind boggling good.
BP .500 BA, .571 OBP, .722 SLG 18 AB's
BP .263 BA, .300 OBP, .579 SLG 19 AB's
BP .471 BA, .550 OBP, .647 SLG 17 AB's
It seems to me that Phillips has a little power edge, but one i think this year will be closer to even, and EE has the better OBP, across the board. BTW, I didn't include numbers for 2nd and third as EE only had 4 AB's. BP had this line in 14 AB's .286 BA, .333 OBP, .500 SLG. And I won't forget his 32 SB's to EE's 8 either. Still BP makes a lot of outs. in 150 fewer AB's, EE walked 6 more times than Phillips. I think it's pretty close, but I give the edge as a hitter to EE, with props to BP and a speed adjusted SLG that takes him over .500 I have BP's speed adjusted OBP at .320, and his speed adjusted SLG at .533 which is an Speed Adjusted OPS of .853. BP's speed is a big boost, and offsets his lower OBP because he DOES have some real power. Edwin's Speed Adjusted OBP is .354. his one CS cost him .002 points of OBP. His 8 SB's increases his SA SLG to .454 giving him a SAOPS of .808. That is almost 50 points lower than BP.
I guess I just favor the OBP more than the SLG. So it's probably subjective to the individual, and in certain situations a coinflip as to who is the better hitter.