• May 17, 2022

Ready Or Not, Domonic Brown’s Time Has Come

Once considered an untouchable prospect and future star in the making, Domonic Brown has become afterthought after failing to find a place on the Phillies roster since debuting during the 2010 season.

Brown tore through every level of competition he played in until he was called up to the Phillies in the middle of the 2010 campaign. His struggles in the majors have lead to a loss of confidence, and after hitting just .210 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 62 at-bats, the outfielder’s career has failed to take the next step forward.

In the last two years, Brown has struggled to stay healthy, and hasn’t been able to win a roster spot in the major leagues in the last two years despite weak competition. He couldn’t beat out Ben Francisco for the starting job in rightfield in 2011, and this year was sent down the minor leagues in favor of John Mayberry and aging veteran Juan Pierre to start the season. The Phillies have kept him at Triple-A, hoping that a steady diet of at-bats will help him rediscover his offensive game that made him one of baseball’s most highly regarded prospects.

Brown has finally begun to snap out of his funk, and has hit over .400 since returning the lineup of the Iron Pigs several weeks ago. It’s too late for him to make an impact on the  Phillies this season, but next year the team is going to be counting on him to step up and fulfill his potential.

The Phillies have a number of gaping holes to fill next season. They’ll need a whopping three new starting outfielders, a third baseman, a fourth starter, and a complete overhaul in the bullpen. And they have less than $35 million available on their payroll to take care of these needs.

Ruben Amaro has already said that the Phillies are going to have to rely on young guys at several positions, and one of those young guys they’re going to count on will be Brown.

Brown is certainly affordable, but also has all of the tools he needs to become a successful major league player. The question is whether or not he can finally make the mental adjustments to succeed.

Brown’s time is coming, and with the Phillies trading away Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence, the 24-year old will have the final two months of this season to experience the major leagues once again to help prepare him for the important role he’ll be asked to play in 2013.

Of all the top prospects Amaro has traded away in recent years, Brown has been the one guy he’s held on to. The Phillies still expect big things from him, and we’ll know soon enough whether or not he’s worth the wait.

Denny Basens

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6 Comments

  • WHOO HOOO!!!!

  • Memo to the Phillies let Brown play everyday for the rest of the year and give him a chance don’t take him out of the lineup against lefthanded pitchers.

  • I agree with the Turk .. The Phils need to find out if Dom Brown is a legitimate MLB everday Player so throw him out there for these remaining 55 games and see what he can do to develop some consistency, some confidence and get into a big-league rhythm..

  • Charlie Manuel’s been playing mental games with Brown for the last two years…I kind of expect that not to stop. Until Dominic Brown starts smashing some pitchers consistently Manuel’s going to try to stay under his skin, by doing things that will undermine Brown like platooning him, pulling him out of the line-up against the lefties, trying to get the hitting coach to adjust his swing again… Brown is just going to have to mentally prepare himself for that kind of craziness.

  • Butch, I agree. I can’t help but wonder if the main culprit in Brown not fulfilling his promise is the way that he has been handled. He gets called up, plays for a bit, gets benched, platooned, has his swing tinkered with, gets hurt, sat against lefties, set down and replaced with Pence. Than for whatever reason, the Phillies give Mayberry, a 28 yr old career minor-leaguer, 4th or 5th outfielder that has had the same deficiencies forever, he cant hit an off-speed pitch, every opportunity to succeed. Let Brown play everyday, without looking over his shoulder and see if he’s legit.

  • Hope you’re wrong Butch only because they’ve got to let this guy face every kind of pitching other MLB’ers face, and stop with the musical chairs.

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