Minor League Barometer: Farming for Prospects
Minor League Barometer: Farming for Prospects

This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.

With Travis Shaw going on paternity leave, the Brewers made an interesting decision. Instead of calling up top prospect Lewis Brinson, the club instead decided to call up Brett Phillips. Both are outfielders and both are 23 years of age. Phillips is no slouch of a prospect himself, and maybe the fact that he's a left-handed batter played a role in his promotion. Still, while Phillips has shown a tad more power thus far this season at Triple-A, he's fanned 60 times in 49 games and does not quite possess the same type of plate discipline as Brinson. Perhaps the Brewers wanted to be sure that the Super-Two deadline passed before promoting Brinson, or maybe they didn't want to shuttle their top prospect back and forth with Shaw due back in a few days anyway. It actually may be as simple as the lefty vs. righty distinction. However, we have seen with the cases of Cody Bellinger and Ian Happ that if a prospect hits, he will stay in the big leagues. As such, Brinson could have gotten his feet wet in the bigs and maybe even stuck around. Instead, Phillips gets the nod with a chance to prove himself over the next couple of games.

Who else is making moves in the prospect realm? Let's take a look in this week's Minor League Barometer.

UPGRADE

Kyle Funkhouser, P, DET – Funkhouser didn't sign with the Dodgers in 2015, only to slip to the fourth round in

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