The New York Mets are doing all they can to improve their outfield for the 2013 season, but will the minor moves they are making provide a diamond in the rough? Today it was announced that Sandy Alderson signed Andrew Brown to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, and although it may not look like a big signing, the Mets may be onto something here.
Brown played in 46 games last season with the Colorado Rockies, batting a measly .232 with five homers. That may not be much at the MLB level, and at 28 years old, he is not getting any younger. But here is where it gets interesting. Brown was also an All-Star in the Pacific Coast League and wound up finishing the season strong before his call up to Colorado.
His stats for Colorado Springs were actually pretty good and he deserved the nod to join the majors. He batted .308 in 100 games with 24HRs and 98RBI. Now I’ve got your attention. Possibly with the right hitting coach and a longer look at major league pitching, Brown may very well be the Mets diamond this off-season.
Brown was drafted in the 18th round of the 2007 amateur draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, and was projected to be a right-handed power-hitter that may just be the victim of not having a chance to compete for an everyday job. He will have that chance in New York, and with a good spring, Brown just may be the cheap answer the Mets are looking for to complete their outfield.
Now, keep in mind that it is very likely that Brown will be nothing more than a minor league outfielder for the Mets, but diamonds have been found before in some obscure places. Let’s just hope that batting coach Dave Hudgens can help Brown realize his full potential. Because if he does, then suddenly, the Mets are looking a little better than most of us would have thought.
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