Phillips connected on a pair of home runs on Wednesday, hitting a grand slam and later a solo homer, en route to six RBIs for Triple-A Colorado Springs. Phillips, 22, has been on fire of late, collecting multiple hits in four straight games and going 9-for-16 with eight RBIs in that span. Overall, he's batting .318/.375/.568 with three homers and 12 RBIs through 11 contests.
Fried rebounded nicely from a shaky season debut in his second Mississippi start, allowing just two hits while tossing six innings of one-run ball. Ranked as MLB Pipeline's No. 100 overall prospect, the 23-year-old left-hander is in his first season at the Double-A level after spending all of 2016 with Class A Rome. He's pitched to a 3.52 ERA through two starts, compiling six strikeouts and five walks in 7 2/3 innings.
Duel of the day: Franklin Perez (Astros' No. 6) vs. Cody Ponce (Brewers' No. 15), Buies Creek at Carolina (7 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
Perez has been nearly unhittable to begin the season. The 19-year-old righty has given up just one hit in 9 1/3 scoreless frames through his first two outings for Class A Advanced Buies Creek, with three walks and seven strikeouts. In his most recent performance, Perez entered in the sixth inning and proceeded to toss four hitless innings en route to his second career save.
Ponce, 22, also has fared well in the early going, going 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his first two starts for Carolina. The big right-hander worked seven innings in both outings, and he enters the day with a perfect 10-to-0 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 14 frames.