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Trio of up-and-coming Sky Sox prospects now up and leaving for Milwaukee

June 10, 2017 Updated: June 11, 2017 at 10:22 am
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photo - Sky Sox right fielder Brett Phillips runs onto the field during the introduction of the 2017 team before the season opener against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sky Sox right fielder Brett Phillips runs onto the field during the introduction of the 2017 team before the season opener against Omaha Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Security Service Field in Colorado Springs, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock) 

Rick Sweet tracked down Brett Phillips in a hallway outside the clubhouse in Oklahoma City to tell him the news.

“I said, ‘Hey, come here,’” said Sweet, the Sky Sox manager. “I said, ‘You’re going to be starting in Milwaukee tomorrow.’ His eyes got big and he just goes, ‘Ahh.’ I said, ‘Breathe. Relax. Breathe.’ I gave him 30 seconds.

“I had to remind him to breathe. He actually had to put his hands on my shoulders and lean on me and relax.”

The next day, Phillips indeed started for the Brewers and collected his first big-league hit as well as registering his first big-league assist on a throw from center field to second.

That was supposed to be just a brief assignment, a “taste,” as Sweet called it while Travis Shaw was on paternity leave.

But Phillips didn’t come back to Colorado Springs. And as it turns out, Phillips’ promotion was just the just beginning of the downpour as teammates Josh Hader and Lewis Brinson have now also received promotions. A Sky Sox roster once loaded with up-and-coming talent has seen the best of them up and leave in a matter of days.

Brinson and Hader, both athletic enough to command center field, formed an outfield here with the Sky Sox that was, along with fellow prospect Ryan Cordell, as stacked as any position group for the Triple-A team in recent memory. A starting rotation in 2010 that included Jhoulys Chacin, Samuel Deduno and Esmil Rogers would be in that conversation; but this outfield has the potential to far eclipse what that trio did at the next level.

Here’s some of what was written about this Milwaukee-bound group in their time in Colorado Springs:

 

LEWIS BRINSON

Top prospect Brinson headlines a young, touted Sky Sox roster

Finally healthy, top Sky Sox prospect Brinson heating up with the weather

 

JOSH HADER

Laid-back lefty Hader on the fast track for Colorado Springs

Sky Sox explain strategy behind prospect Hader’s abbreviated starts

 

FULL GROUP (INCLUDING BRETT PHILLIPS)

A look at the top five Colorado Spring prospects in 2017

 

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