At this point, the Philadelphia Phillies aren’t really sure what they have in outfielder Domonic Brown, formerly the fourth overall prospect in baseball, per Baseball America.
Brown made his major league debut in 2010 and played sparingly that year, collecting just two home runs and a .210 batting average. He saw more action in 2011 to the tune of a .725 OPS and now he’s in the major leagues playing regularly with Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence having been traded.
Brown is at a .273 batting average and .733 OPS – numbers that won’t make him a league All-Star, but he’s been especially hot as of late. Since August 19, Brown is hitting .360 (9-for-25) with four doubles and a home run. His .640 slugging percentage and 1.047 OPS are among his fine numbers, and the Phillies are 4-2 during that span.
Brown has every chance to win the starting left field job for the 2013 season, as the Phillies almost definitely won’t be bringing back Juan Pierre on another one-year deal. The top options to play the position are Brown and John Mayberry, Jr., and at the very least, they will platoon. Brown still plays subpar defense but he does have the speed and outfield arm to play all three outfield positions, and if he could learn to play center field effectively, that would be a blessing for the Phillies.
Brown still needs to hit lefties better – he’s at just .200 with a .633 OPS against southpaws in 24 plate appearances, but that will come with time.