I'm still not 100% sold on Phillips. His power numbers in the minors weren't all that great, so I'm a little weary about that.
Well, in 2002, he had 18 HRs and 31 doubles as a 20-21 year old in about 500 ABs between AA and AAA. That's awesome. There's a reason why he was a top 5 prospect and about as can't-miss as there was at the time.
He spent most of 2003 in the majors as a 21-22 year old and wasn't really ready, and he followed that up by having a down year in 2004.
And then, in 2005, he boucned back with 15 HRs and 24 doubles, but his average suffered.
A change of scenery has definitely helped him, and he's now a building block for the Reds so you can count on him hitting in a great home ballpark for the foreseeable future. If I need a guy who's definitely going to be a 2B for the next 5+ years, Phillips is my #1 guy (other than Utley, of course). If you need a 2B for next year and it doesn't matter where he plays after that, Upton's the guy in my opinion.