Following his heroics in the World Series, he deployed Kevin Kiermaier-inspired imaginary airplane wings and careened around the outfield before he was dogpiled by teammates…the thrill and excitement was almost too much for him, as he nearly passed out and needed an IV before recovering to finish his media rounds…“Here I am, talking to the boys,” he told Ken Rosenthal, between gasps for air…“Man, baseball is fun!”...His spikes from that magical moment in Game 4 of the World Series are on display at the “Autumn Glory” exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown...Brett split a pair of dance battles last season against Randy Arozarena…straw polling indicates Brett was victorious after the Rays clinch of the AL East, but couldn’t complete the sweep in their rematch following the ALDS...He claimed No. 35 after Nate Lowe was traded to the Rangers…the number was worn by childhood friend, Nate Richardson, who was one of four students and one of three from Seminole High killed in a car crash in 2009…the number was taken in previous stops with the Brewers and Royals…after his draft selection, he wrote a letter on Nate’s MySpace page including “I want to make a promise right here, Nate, if I make it to the big leagues that first game when I walk out onto the field I’ll be wearing the No. 35 so your parents and our friends and family will not only see me but will also remember you and what you meant to the city of Seminole, as well.”...Brett split the $40,000 he earned last year through appearances and video game events among various charities throughout the Tampa Bay area…some of the organizations he contributed to include Providing Advocacy and Recognizing Capabilities (PARC), the Children’s Dream Fund, Carlton Manor, Pet Pal Animal Shelter, Largo’s Central Park Performing Arts Center and the Specialty Fit Foundation...Brett grew up a Rays fan living in nearby Seminole…he attended his first Rays Fan Fest at Tropicana Field at just 2 years old...Macho Man Randy Savage was his neighbor during middle and high school before he passed away…Randy would frequently stop Brett on his way home from school and invite him to play basketball at his house…Brett never won...In 2018, when he played at Tropicana Field for the first time as a major leaguer, Section 127 became the unofficial “Brett Phillips Area”…his sister reserved 200 seats, but an estimated 1,000 friends and family purchased tickets...His enthusiastic laugh is legendary around the game, with teammates who aren’t aware beforehand sometimes caught completely off guard…“Nothing can prepare you for it,” said Brandon Lowe…a video created by the Brewers showcasing his excitable sense of humor regularly makes the rounds on social media as people discover his laugh for the first time.
Acquired from the Royals on Aug 27 and placed on the COVID-19 Related IL for intake screening…reinstated on Sep 4 and remained on the active roster through season’s end... Became the third product of Seminole High School to play for the Rays, following Casey Kotchman (2011) and Bobby Wilson (2015-16)...Appeared in 17 games and made 8 starts (7-RF, 1-CF) for the Rays…hit .150 (3-for-20) but all 3 hits tied the game or gave the Rays the lead...On Sep 4 vs. MIA, made his Rays debut as a pinch-runner and stole third base... On Sep 17 at BAL (G1), hit a RBI triple in the 2nd inning for his first hit with the Rays...On Sep 25 vs. PHI, hit a game-tying homer in the 6th inning, his first since July 27 at DET (with KC)…also singled in the 2nd and walked twice.
POSTSEASON: Appeared in 7 games off the bench: three as a defensive replacement and four as a pinch-runner…was not on the Rays roster for the ALCS against the Astros... Became the first Pinellas County native to appear in a World Series game for the Rays...In Game 4 of the World Series vs. LAD, entered as a pinch-runner in the 8th inning and remained in the game in right field…delivered one of the biggest hits in franchise history when his 2-out, 2-strike RBI single off Kenley Jansen in the 9th inning drove in Kevin Kiermaier, and Randy Arozarena scored the game-winning run on a pair of Dodgers errors…became the first player in Rays postseason history to deliver a game-tying hit in the 9th inning (or later)...Helped the Rays become the fifth team in World Series history to record a walk-off win with the team trailing…joined the Blue Jays in Game 6 vs. PHI in 1993 (Joe Carter home run), the Dodgers in Game 1 vs. OAK in 1988 (Kirk Gibson home run), the Royals in Game 6 vs. STL in 1985 (Dane Iorg single) and the Dodgers in Game 4 vs. NYY in 1947 (Cookie Lavagetto double)...The game-tying hit in Game 4 (Oct 24) was his first hit in almost a month, since Sep 25 vs. PHI, and his first at-bat in 17 days.
Started the season with Omaha (AAA), where he hit 18 home runs and had 22 stolen bases with a .378 on-base percentage and .505 slugging percentage in 105 games… recalled on Aug. 16 and hit .138 (9-for-65) in 30 games with Kansas City ... Led the Storm Chasers in triples, walks, steals, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS (.883)…at the time of his recall, his 13 triples were one shy of the minor league lead, behind Las Vegas' Jorge Mateo…his 72 walks tied for second in the Pacific Coast League ... Had 22 stolen bases in 23 attempts with Omaha (95.7%) ... Hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning on Sept. 16 in Oakland off closer Liam Hendriks ... Hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in Game 162 vs. Minnesota, the first walk-off RBI of his big league career, and the first walk-off win in Game 162 in Royals history ... Finished two homers shy of becoming just the third player in Omaha history to hit 20 homers and steal 20 bases in a season ... Hit just .187 (26-for-139) with 11 extra-base hits and 16 RBI in his first 46 games through May 30…from May 31- Aug. 13, he hit .278 (54-for-194) with 28 extra-base hits and 38 RBI in 59 games, reaching at a .403 clip while slugging .608 ... Voted as the Chasers Fan Favorite Award recipient, as voted on by the fans.
Started the season with Colorado Springs (AAA), but had three Major League stints with Milwaukee: April 9-10, May 1-10 and July 15-24...Hit .240/.331/.411 (62-for-258) with 42 runs, 25 extra-base hits and 11 stolen bases in 71 games with Colorado Springs...Played in 15 games (2 starts) with Milwaukee, and hit .182 (4-for-22), including a career-high four RBI on July 15 at Pittsburgh...Acquired by Kansas City with RHP Jorge López on July 28 for INF Mike Moustakas, and spent the rest of the season with the Royals...Homered in his second game as a Royal on July 31 at the White Sox, a two-run shot in the seventh inning off James Shields, which proved to be the difference in a 4-2 win...Hit .265/.324/.471 (9-for-34) with four extra-base hits in his first 10 games as a Royal, but hit just .154/.221/.244 (12-for-78) with four extra-base hits in 26 games after that, including an 0-for-20 skid from Aug. 15-26...Suffered a right shoulder contusion on Sept. 4 in Cleveland after colliding into the right field wall… didn't start again until Sept. 16...Had three outfield assists in 32 starts with Kansas City, the first of which was a 100.1 mph throw, according to Statcast, in Chicago on Aug. 2.
Batted .276 with 4 HR, 12 RBI and 5 stolen bases in 37 games during four stints with Milwaukee as he made his Major League debut.....made 24 starts (22g in CF, 2g in RF)... His stints with the team came from 6/5-6/7, 6/9-6/12, 7/14-7/25 and 9/1-end... Made his MLB debut on 6/5 vs. San Francisco, starting in center field (1-for-3, 2k, error).....his first career hit was a single off Jeff Samardzija... Hit his first big league homer on 7/16 vs. Philadelphia, a pinch-hit, 2-run shot off Jeremy Hellickson... Batted .348 (16-for-46, 2hr, 8rbi) over his last 17 games with the Brewers, ending the season on a 4-game hitting streak (6-for-16, .375, 1hr, 4rbi)... Batted .305 with 19 HR (led team) and 78 RBI in 105 games at Triple-A Colorado Springs...Enters 2018 as the fifth-best prospect in the organization according to Baseball America.
Entered 2016 as the fourth-best prospect in the organization according to Baseball America...Batted .229 with 16 HR, 62 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 124 games at Double-A Biloxi...Played for the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League (19g, .210, 0hr, 9rbi) and was selected to play in the AFL's Fall Stars Game...Was added to the 40-man roster on 11/18.