Phillip Ervin

#71 LF / Cincinnati Reds / EXP: 0YRS / MINORS Height: 5-10 Weight: 207 lb Age: 24 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    Phillip Ervin is a toolsy outfielder who has not quite lived up to his potential since being drafted in the first round of the 2013 draft, largely due to his inability to hit for average. Ervin has not hit above .245 at any level since the beginning of the 2014 campaign. However, he's swiped over 30 bases in each of the last three seasons while hitting double-digit home runs in each of the last two years. In addition, Ervin has shown the ability to take a walk, including posting a .362 on-base percentage at Double-A in 2016 despite the low batting average. Ervin is certainly not the prototypical corner outfielder, though his home run totals will certainly be aided by playing in the hitter-friendly confines of the Great American Ball Park. Ervin should begin the 2017 campaign at Triple-A, though it remains to be seen if the 24-year-old will ever make consistent enough contact to become a reliable everyday player.

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    • Reds' Phillip Ervin: Sent to Triple-A
      By RotoWire Staff

      Ervin was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as Ervin was never really competing for a roster spot; rather, he was added to the 40-man to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. The 24-year-old carries a combination of power and speed, but he'll need to work on improving his average if he wants to break into the majors sometime soon.

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    • Reds' Phillip Ervin: Added to 40-man roster
      By RotoWire Staff

      Ervin was added to the Reds' 40-man roster on Friday. Cincinnati opted to protect Ervin from the Rule 5 draft. The power/speed combination has always been apparent with Ervin, but he has failed to hit .250 or better at any stop since the start of the 2014 season. He has the makings of a fourth outfielder who can play all three outfield spots while mashing lefties and providing some utility on the bases.

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    • Ervin, 24, is slashing .237/.352/.401 with 10 home runs, 36 RBI and 31 steals through 99 games with Double-A Pensacola. The refrain remains the same for Ervin, who has double-digit power potential while racking up 30 steals for the third-straight season. However, he has not hit above .241 in year of full-season ball. Thus, his limitations in average dampen his future prospects.

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    • Ervin hit a grand slam pinch-hit homer in the Double-A Southern League All-Star game. Alas, the bright spots have been infrequent for Ervin at Double-A Pensacola, where he's hitting .227/.337/.386 on the season, albeit with 21 stolen bases. His draft pedigree (a first-round pick in 2013) explains his presence in the All-Star game.

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    • Reds' Phillip Ervin: Tougher home run park
      By RotoWire Staff

      The left field fence at Double-A Pensacola has been moved back 17 feet, RedsMinorLeagues.com reports. That typically was the best place to try to go deep there prior to the move. The change in the ballpark might not make a big impact on Ervin, who hasn't slugged higher than .412 anywhere in his professional career. But keep the dimensions change in mind when reviewing both the hitters and pitchers for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos this season.

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