Whenever I’ve listened to what Domonic Brown has to say, I can’t help but be impressed by his endearingly positive attitude. He’s the type of young player that you really want to believe in. Someone who you want to succeed. Such was the case today, when he was interviewed on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.
Use of emotional logic alone won’t make this eternal Philadelphia Phillies‘ prospect a better ball player. He must produce consistent results at the plate and in the field this season, or his prospect label might be removed when his contract is sent to a willing recipient.
Seeing Brown play in Triple-A last season was rather interesting. He carried a noticeably calmer bat to the plate and appeared confident in the field.
I hadn’t see him handle positioning, track balls, or handle throws as efficiently since his Double-A Reading Phillies‘ tenure in 2009 and 2010. Clearly, the influence of Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs manager Ryne Sandberg and hitting coach Steve Henderson had an effect on his overall game.
Considering that both of those staffers were elevated to Philadelphia after the 2012 season had ended, Brown should be in good company this year. While Sandberg has become the Phillies third base coach and infield instructor, Henderson is now the team’s primary hitting coach. Juan Samuel will handle outfield instruction this season.
In the end, this affable 25-year-old wants to win the major league game. His openness to ongoing instruction also creates the opportunity for real progress to be made.
If there is one player who I’m pulling for the strongest this year, it’s him. I don’t know if Brown is capable of creating and sustaining a big league career. But I hope that he can.