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9/10/1984 (32 y, 5 m, 12 d)
2007 June Amateur Draft - Round: 18, Pick: 18, Overall: 562, Team: St. Louis Cardinals
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Brown announced his retirement from baseball Monday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. (2/29/2016)
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When the Rockies punted on the 2012 season, they gave Brown a chance to play down the stretch, as the Dallas native posted 126 plate appearances for Colorado following the All-Star break. That playing time was available thanks to various injuries, be they real or imagined, to Michael Cuddyer, Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler. And while Brown played good defense in his small stretch of games, he didn't hit much. Oh, he did hit five homers, and he drew his fair share of walks as well, but his strikeout rate was nearly three times of his walk rate. All told, his .232/.302/.429 line was uninspiring, but there could be room for improvement. In his eight notable minor league stops, Brown has posted at least a 109 wRC+, and often has posted numbers that are much better than that. He likely was old for his league much of the time, and expectations for anyone who doesn't make his major league debut until his age-26 season must be tempered, but there might be something more to Brown than meets the eye. That something could be his great numbers against left-handed pitchers, which the Mets will examine in spring training. He may yet win a (small-side) platoon role in 2012. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
A minor league masher, Brown finally got a chance to get some major league action under his belt, but he didn't do enough with it to rise above the Rockies' roster crunch, and was released in the offseason.
Andrew Brown spent several years as a powerful minor league bat and first made it to the bigs in 2011 at the age of 26. His 165 plate appearances with the Mets in 2013 were the most of his career. While he was mediocre from a general production standpoint, he did flash some power, sporting a .173 isolated slugging percentage. Brown played both corner outfield positions last season, but is more at home in right field, which is slated to be manned in 2014 by the newly acquired Chris Young. Young is far from reliable in either the health or production department. Further, despite some rumors that Ike Davis and/or Lucas Duda may be headed out of Flushing, they are both still Mets, which means that Duda can’t move to first and likely remains the first to inherit an outfield job if one becomes available. Brown definitely has the potential to be a moderate NL-only asset if he could find regular playing time, and maybe even a bench player or an injury replacement in mixed leagues, simply because he’s capable of 20 home runs. But, it seems that multiple things would have to happen for him to find that playing time. So, for now, he remains irrelevant. (Derek Ambrosino)
The Quick Opinion:
It took Brown until he was 26 to reach the majors, and three years later he still has only 313 plate appearances. He does have some power, which would be good enough to make a him modest NL-only asset with regular playing time. However, he does not currently project to have a job, nor is he even the likely first heir to one in Flushing.
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