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Domonic Brown is riding the pine in the Dominican winter league

Nov 20, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

Domonic Brown swinging

This probably isn’t what the Phillies had in mind when they sent top prospect Domonic Brown to play for the Escogido Lions in the Dominican Republic.

The Phillies hoped his participation in winter ball would help make up for some of the time he spent on the major league team’s bench in August and September, but Brown has yet to appear in a game with the Lions, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Escogido has 26 games remaining on their regular season schedule and Brown is expected to return home before Christmas, so the clock is ticking.

Assuming Jayson Werth leaves via free agency, Brown should open next season as the starting right fielder with the Fightins. The 23-year-old outfielder hit .210 with two home runs and 13 RBI in limited action at the big league level this past season, but batted .327/.391/.589 with 20 homers and 68 RBI in 389 at-bats between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He’s widely regarded as one of the top position prospects in the game.

One interesting angle here is that the Escogido Lions are managed by Ken Oberkfell, longtime coach in the Mets’ organization. Let those conspiracy theories fly, people!

  1. Rob Abruzzese - Nov 20, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    The winter leagues are not the same as the Arizona Fall League. The AFL cares about helping team’s develop their young players. The winter leagues care only about winning. They don’t care if the Phillies want this guy to get playing time, if they think somebody at his position is better than him then they’ll play the other guy.

    • Jonny 5 - Nov 20, 2010 at 7:28 PM

      If a guy was better than Dom Brown, He’d be signed by a major league team, playing in the minors or maybe even the majors, because this kid’s good. This is some d-bag flexing his authority muscle.

  2. obamablowz - Nov 21, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    I’m a Philadelphia fan and I’d rather see him on the bench. Let him learn at the real level not some silly winter league.

  3. Decal - Nov 23, 2010 at 2:05 AM

    The Phillies only wanted Domonic Brown to play for one month in the Dominican Winter League. Since he was on the Phillies postseason roster, the winter league had already begun before the Phillies season was over. Domonic only had 15 at bats from September 1 through October 23, a period of 53 days. Before he could begin to contribute to his Dominican team he had to take some time to get himself back into everyday playing shape. He started his first game on November 21st and hit third in the order. I would expect him to start playing on a regular basis and be back home before Christmas.

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