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The Phillies send Domonic Brown to minor league camp

Mar 23, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT


This was pretty inevitable, but the Phillies have shipped Domonic Brown to minor league camp.

As Matt Gelb notes, injuries had a lot to do with it. He hurt his hand, his thumb and his neck at various times.  Though his less-than-spectacular, albeit short, stints in the bigs didn’t help either.  To his credit, Brown seems to have the right attitude about it:

“I’m going to go down there, play hard, and that’s it,” Brown said. “I really don’t have anything else to say. I was not expecting it, but keeping it in the back of my mind.”

Seems to me that his upcoming time with the Iron Pigs is more important to him than any cameos in Philly might.  If he can show he’s healthy and can be productive, the prospect shine may come back and Brown may be useful, either with the Phillies, or as a bit of change-of-scenery trade bait.

If not: he’ll be a guy who turns 25 this year who was never quite able to make it over the hump, and will likely have “fourth or fifth outfielder” in his future.

  1. eastcoastblows - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Good. He is terrible, just like th rest of the team

    • Gobias Industries - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      Or like your spelling.

    • cleverbob - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      I can’t wrap my head around your statement. It’s good that he’s being sent to minor league camp, because he’s terrible like the major league team? If that was the case, wouldn’t he belong at the major league camp? Why even concern yourself with such an inconsequential move concerning a terrible team on a coast that blows en masse?

  2. ame123 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    in 2011 Brown was already a league-average LF offensively. He’s going to be a stud, just needs to clean up his route running in Left Field before he’s ready for prime-time.

    • mercyflush - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      agreed. he’ll be a strong major leaguer for the Phillies, or for whomever Amaro trades him to, in exchange for an expensive, injury prone player that’s at least 33 years old.

    • AJ - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      From watching him play he clearly has no idea how to play the outfield at all. His abilities, or lack thereof, in the field are beyond troubling. Couple that with the fact that his swing is long and inconsistent, which has allowed Major League caliber pitchers to own him, and I can’t imagine him ever being the “stud” we were all hoping for here in Philly. I hope Amaro is able to dupe someone into taking him while his name still carries some intrigue.

      • ame123 - Mar 23, 2012 at 1:58 PM

        nobody has “owned” him, he’s more than held his own in the majors.

      • dbick - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:18 PM

        You’re right he’s clearly a bust. Anyone that does not put up mvp like numbers their first year in the majors is a waste of time and should be traded.

      • AJ - Mar 23, 2012 at 4:14 PM

        If you don’t think he’s been overmatched you are in total denial. I’m a Phillies fan so I don’t like it any more than you do, I’m just calling it like I see it. So far, .236 AVG, .314 OBP, .382 SLG, and he strikes out more than 1 out of every 5 at bats. Compared to his stats in the minors he appears to be one of those guys, at least thus far, that can’t make the leap. At the bare minimum you would have to admit he’s at least struggling to make the leap.

        To suggest that he has “more than held his own” is pretty laughable. He looks like a little league late inning sub in the outfield. Also, I’m not suggesting MVP statistics in year one, but at some point you’d at least like to see flashes of the player his minor league statistics suggested he would be. So many prospects are spoken about in hushed tones like they are hall of famers in the making before they ever set foot on a big league diamond yet a good number of them can’t cut it at the major league level.

        You only get so many opportunities. Brown hasn’t hit, he hasn’t fielded. If you don’t believe that he is in danger of becoming a bust you aren’t paying attention. It’s pretty telling that the Phils don’t believe in him enough to give him an every day role and that no other team believes in his ability enough to pony up the necessary trade bait to land him.

  3. cleverbob - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Can he play second base?

    • CJ - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      he can’t play 2nd any worse than he “plays” the outfield. Mostly because it’s not possible to be any worse defensively in the outfield.

  4. Alex K - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    I’m not sure why the Phillies are messing with Juan Pierre or Podsednik in left this year. I don’t understand why they won’t just give Brown the job and let him get real time in the majors. He even if it goes badly can it be that much worse than what they are running out there? Brown at least has upside. Pierre would be a fine back-up, but he’s not an everyday player, anymore.

    • dbick - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      Ruben prefers his LF’s to be aging and over the hill. He feels it’s the recipe for success.

    • mercyflush - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      agree 100% with Alex K. I dont get it. Brown is currently a poor fielding LF, but he’s already better than Ibanez or Burrell were. And he has a chance to be a much better hitter than either of those two guys, plus add more speed to the lineup. He’ll have some growing pains in LF, but F it. Let him get that major league experience. I think he’s going to be very good when he finally gets his shot.

      • TheWizard - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM

        Hardly. Ibanez made every play he was supposed to make, you just weren’t going to see anything spectacular.

        Brown makes the routine plays look difficult.

    • Jonny 5 - Mar 23, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      If Brown proves he’s not that good with the big club he’s not going to be as desired for trading purposes. Pierre is going to pinch run most of the time with very limited AB’s off the bench. Posiednik may prove himself worthy of a 4th OF position yet. The man has been almost back to his old self in spring training so far. He’s been heads and shoulders over Brown actually.

      • phillyphreak - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM

        The problem isn’t that Brown isn’t good, it’s that the Phillies don’t give him consistent opportunity to show how good he can be. I think people around the league still value Brown and think he can be a good player. Obviously his defense needs work, but offensively he’s not that bad and has the tools to get much better.

        Also, the Phillies shouldn’t keep both Podsednik and Pierre. I wouldn’t even keep either of them but RAJ loves old over the hill LFs.

  5. threeskis - Mar 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Brown isn’t good in the OF…not even average. He is a BAD defensive outfielder. To say anything different is absurd. I have rooted for Brown since he was hailed a big time prospect and a “can’t touch” prospect by RAJ. He is lost out there and seems to lack confidence at this point. He has no idea how to track a ball off the bat in the OF. He drops easy fly balls. He doesn’t hit the cut off or throws to the wrong base as well. He lacks basic baseball instincts that should be learned in babe ruth or even little league.

    I think he is a decent hitter now and can become a good one but his defensive out weighs it all as he is a man without a position.

    Go Phils !

    • dbick - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      Burrell and Ibanez were/are both horrific defenders as well but the Phillies still did pretty good with them.

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