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Domonic Brown is white hot, hits two more homers to end May

May 31, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

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Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown ended April on a sour note, hitting just .233 with three home runs in 97 trips to the plate. With two home runs in tonight’s loss to the Brewers, Brown moved into third place in the Major League leaderboard for home runs on the season with 15 as he wraps up a scorching hot month of May. It is his second multi-homer game in his last three games, has hit a homer in four out of his last five games, and is the defending National League Player of the Week. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a player who is seeing the baseball better than Dom Brown right now.

Brown also wraps up the month of May without having drawn a single walk, unintentional or otherwise, making him the first player in baseball history to hit at least ten home runs without drawing a walk in a single month.

  1. tfbuckfutter - May 31, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Amaro should trade him for John Buck.

    Because he has more RBI.

  2. tcclark - May 31, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    A new era is starting in Philadelphia. Time to sell at the deadline and fit some pieces around Dom. As much as I love Ryan Howard, Dom should be batting cleanup.

    • chew1985 - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:24 AM

      We could have been witnessing this 3 years ago. When you have a kid with that much raw talent you just put him out there and forget about him. But he was pulled back after 3 at bats instead by a panicking front office that was watching the WFC window slip away.

      He didn’t get any better in the minors since 2010, so the bottom line is that the Phillies have already shortened his major league career by 3 years.

      Many commenters on Philly sports websites brutalized him for the last few years also. Now it’s Dom’s turn to shine.

      • dwdive - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        I am a season ticket holder and I have watched just about every single game this team has played since 2001. I can’t blame the Phillies for mis-managing this kid. They gave him multiple opportunities to succeed at the major league level. Hell, they even tried to gift wrap an OF spot for him when Werth left. Because of fluke injuries and poor performance, he never broke out until late last year. I knew that this kid was going to be at least an average to above average player at the end of last year. It’s just nice to see this guy finally play up to his ability. But for you to say the set him back and already robbed him of 3 seasons in the bigs, is just insane and incorrect. Even if they did leave him up with the big club, he was injured the past 3 seasons, and would not have played a full season in any of those years.

      • tuberippin - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:44 AM

        At least when the Phils wasted some of Ryan Howard’s early years, it was because they had Jim Thome at 1B. No such excuse with DBreezy.

    • js20011041 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      I loved the idea of them rebuilding last year, but now, it’s going to be tough. Cliff Lee is really the only asset they have to sell. Howard’s contract is far too large. They might be able to get an ok prospect for Utley, but certainly not a future star. Ruiz’s numbers have fallen way off this year. Rollins’ age, salary, and performance would make it tough to trade him. He’s also been there so long, I’d imagine there’s some pressure to have him retire a Phillie. Neither of the Young’s would bring back anything of value. Halladay’s recent history of performance and injury essentially makes him immovable. If they decided to move Hamels, they might be able to get some good prospects if they decided to eat much of his salary. But on the other hand, trading a player who just re-signed less than a year ago would be bad practice.

      The Phillies are in a bad spot. The way the game is structured now, the only places to spend money are on resigning your own stars. You can’t go out in the offseason and buy great players in bulk anymore. The players just aren’t there. You can’t spend money internationally. You can’t spend it in the draft. They had a good run, but I think the Phillies are going to be down for a while.

      • mc1439 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        Welcome to the 2009 Astros. You guys are in for some rough years ahead.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:51 PM

        I don’t think so. While their farm system is short on quantity of talent, they still have guys like Biddle and Joseph and Ashe that could amount to a rebuild on the fly. Meanwhile, this year, considering that Cole Hamels has been so far, not himself, totally, and, to keep beating the drum, the veteran hitters on tis team are second half hitters, IMO they still have a shot at cracking the playoffs.

        Where anything can happen.

      • js20011041 - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        Ok, they’ve got a slight shot at breaking into the postseason. There are five postseason spots in the NL. That means that you’ve got the Phillies, Braves, Nationals, Cardinals, Reds, Pirates, Giants, Diamondbacks, and Dodgers if they ever make a run, fighting for those five spots. That’s nine teams. Name the teams that the Phillies are better than.

        You named Biddle, Joseph, and Ashe. Biddle’s the best of that group and he’s only a number three to, at best, a number two. Neither Joseph or Ashe are guys that you will build around. It’s not White Sox bad, but this is not a good system. Rebuilding this team is not going to be a matter of payroll. It’s a matter of, where do the players come from? I have no doubt that the Phillies would be willing to spend money to keep winning, but as I wrote earlier, there is simply no way to rebuild this roster quickly. They can’t go out in free agency and sign some of the best players in baseball. Those players won’t be there. They can’t dump a ton of money into the draft in order to bolster the system quickly. Some organizations could reload by expanding the payroll and trading away prospects, but this team doesn’t have the prospects to do that. I’m not knocking the organization’s will to win. I’m saying that given the state of the roster, the minor league system, and the current structure of baseball, they literally do not have an avenue to rebuild this thing quickly.

  3. ame123 - May 31, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Total bust, should have traded for Soriano when they had the chance.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      A Cubs fan employing reverse psychology.

  4. garryjercia - May 31, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Clean up, maybe. DH would be better. Now I know why RAJ kept him down so long. But they need the hitting too much this year.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      …because RAJ thinks there’s a DH in the NL? I don’t get it. Neither does Amaro. Worst GM in the NL East the last 2 years, and that’s saying something.

  5. kiwicricket - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    How is it possible to not draw a walk in an entire month? A large mound of potatoes would of been hit by a pitch or walked once.

    • ame123 - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:38 AM

      Umm he jacked the first one today on a 3-0 pitch. I love the aggressiveness, not worried about the walks one bit. He’s swinging at pitches he can hit, he’s not chasing and striking out more than usual.

      • Francisco (FC) - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        That’s mostly a result of pitchers challenging him rather than walk him. June will likely be different as opposing hurlers decide not to be so aggressive against him. We’ll start seeing less homers but some walks.

  6. mungman69 - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    The Phillies front office handled Brown all wrong. He sat on the bench way to long while getting about one at bat a week. He’s the only batter that the Phillies have. The rest of their lineup is either too young, no good or over the hill. Brown will walk more in June since teams will pitch around him. Put him at #3 and leave him there.

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      They definitely handled it wrong. He should have gone back down in 2010 after Victorino came back from the DL. All good players need seasoning at AAA. Dom had only recently started playing AAA, I think the rest of 2010 and half of 2011 would have been enough (especially work on that defense). Maybe instead of trading for Pence you call up Brown at that time (But knowing Amaro’s penchant for distrusting young talent and preferring “Veteranness” he would have traded anyway). But either way I think he’s a regular in the lineup starting in 2012 (Not that it would have mattered anyway with that disaster of a Year… I think that was what the movie 2012 was supposed to be about).

      • recoveringcubsfan - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        If only to console, think if Brown played for the Reds, Dusty Baker would wait another 3 years to let the kid get some “seasoning” AKA gray hairs and a bad back, THEN he’d know it was time to trust the young’un. Provided, of course, that Ryan Ludwick or someone older wasn’t still around.

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