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9/3/1987 (29 y, 6 m, 22 d)
2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 20, Pick: 21, Overall: 607, Team: Philadelphia Phillies
$2.5M / 1 Years (2015)
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Brown was probably one of only a handful of people in Philadelphia who was happy to see Jayson Werth end up in Washington. The top prospect, though, is not guaranteed to receive the opportunity to replace the veteran in the outfield. With the addition of Cliff Lee, the club is the favorite to win the National League East so a lot of emphasis will be placed on performance. The 23-year-old rookie had a modest start to his big-league career in 62 at-bats. Brown does project to be an impact player but it could take a year or two. With just 28 career games in Triple-A, he could see a least another half season in the minors unless he has a strong spring. He's definitely someone you'll want to monitor in spring training. Brown has the potential to offer an explosive package of batting average, power and speed. (Marc Hulet)
The Quick Opinion:
The loss of Werth should have been great news for Brown but the club isn't 100% committed to the youngster for 2011. If he does get an everyday role, the prospect could provide both power and speed.
Entering the 2011 season, both Baseball America and FanGraphs ranked Brown fourth overall on their respective top-100 prospect lists. With Jayson Werth having departed for Washington in free agency and an aged Raul Ibanez manning left field, it appeared as though Brown -- who'd posted excellent offensive numbers between Double- and Triple-A in 2010 -- could play a significant role in the 2011 version of the team. When the Phils promoted their top prospect to the majors in late May, it seemed likely that he'd remain with the club. A trade for Hunter Pence at the end of July saw Brown return to the minors, however, and now GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has said (at the beginning of October, at least) that he'd prefer to see Brown get 500 or 600 at-bats in Triple-A this season. Given the opportunity, he could provide value across the board. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
Just 24, Brown already has the tools/skills to provide value across the board; however, as of press time, he's expected to begin the season at Triple-A Lehigh valley.
Even though it seems like he's been around forever, Brown is still just 25 years old and will finally get a chance to compete for a starting job during spring training. He has the inside track, considering his competition on the corners is an old rookie in Darin Ruf and an old Delmon Young. The question though is exactly what he is capable of producing at the plate with everyday playing time. Since his time in the minors in 2010, he hasn't posted an isolated slugging percentage above .160, and over his last 610 at-bats, he has stolen just eight bases while getting caught seven times. At one time, Brown was an exciting potential power/speed contributor, but both those skills are in question. The good news is that his contact rate is solid and his batting average on balls in play should rebound, so the seeds are there for him to become an all-around fantasy player assuming his power and speed return. (
The Quick Opinion:
After opening the season in the minors and then losing time to a knee injury, this former top prospect was finally called up by the Phillies at the end of July, but did little in his at-bats. He'll get a chance to win a starting job out of spring training this year, but his power skills are in question at the moment.
The Phillies finally gave Domonic Brown a full-time gig, and were rewarded with a strong offensive performance. It's unclear if we should expect some improvement from Brown moving forward. Is there growth in his .287 batting average on balls in play? The number is in line with his career figures, but those have all come in a small sample. Can we expect him to have another 19.3% home run rate? Again, we can't be sure due to small sample issues. And complicating matters is a big change to his swing mechanics before his 2013 breakout. Are the old numbers even that relevant? Has he set a new baseline? It feels comfortable to predict a similar average, but maybe expect slightly fewer home runs. Even if that's the case, Brown should be a valuable player. He shouldn't be viewed as a breakout candidate, but more of the same seems possible. (
The Quick Opinion:
Brown proved that all he needed was playing time in order to become fantasy relevant. He's not a breakout candidate, but is totally capable of repeating last season's success.
After a breakthrough 2013 (.272/.324/.494, 27 home runs in 540 plate appearances), Domonic Brown basically tanked last season (.235/.285/.349, 10 HR in 512 PA). He’s no longer seemingly clueless or unsure at the dish, but there’s still work to do. The shortened swing that helped him to that breakthrough seemed to dissipate, and he drove the ball a lot less often (.114 isolated slugging, .243 ISO to right field in 2014; .164, .357 lifetime). Surely, as a result, he again became vulnerable to fastballs, as pitch-type linear weights indicate. Perhaps Brown was just unprepared to make adjustments or too passive in his attempt to make them. Maybe he was just fortunate to see a ton of waist-high pitches in 2013, as his heatmaps show, and lucky, period. Whatever the reason, soft singles the other way don’t compensate. The left-handed hitter has shown that he can better than he was in 2014 on offense, though, even if he remains one of the worst outfield defenders in the league. (He probably will.) The good news: Pretty much all the 2013 shine has worn off, so he should again come at something close to a flier’s price in mixed leagues. His development path has hurt his chances to be more than a platoon player, but if he rediscovers a willingness to turn on stuff middle-in this year, he could earn a profit. Investors will need a little faith and want some encouraging news. (Nicholas Minnix)
The Quick Opinion:
Brown isn’t the hitter who belted 27 homers in 2013, but he’s better than the one who managed a meager 10 last year. The lanky outfielder again needs to refine his delicate swing and turn on fastballs more often in order to turn a profit for those in mixed leagues who take a flier, though.
Remember May 2013? That was an awesome time for Brown. He hit .303 with a .688 slugging percentage, 12 homers, and 25 RBIs. It looked like he was finally going to take off and fulfill the promise of being a top-five prospect in all of baseball. He stayed hot in June (.884 OPS) and was capable the rest of the way after that (.743 -- which doesn't seem great, but it was better than the .703 he had 2010-12). Alas, he didn't take off from there. Not at all, in fact. The 2014 season was his worst yet with just a .634 OPS in 512 plate appearances. He repeated the same exact mark in 2015, but this time with just 204 PA. You super-deep leaguers can keep him on your watch list juuuust in case, but he's officially in the show-me-before-I-buy camp. And the show me can't just be a hot Spring Training. (
The Quick Opinion:
Brown's 2013 season now accounts for exactly half of his 54 career home runs. The 28-year old is finally going to get that change of scenery, but it might be too little too late.
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