Will Domonic Brown Earn a Starting Spot?

By Ben Bernstein
Domonic Brown Philadelphia Phillies
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Domonic Brown has been surprisingly productive during the early days of spring training for the Philadelphia Phillies

As many Philly fans are aware, the starting job in left field will most likely be a battle between Brown and Darin Ruf. Along with the left field spot, the injury to Delmon Young could leave an open spot in right field come opening day as well.

It has been no secret that Domonic Brown has been a question mark for the Phillies during his time as a prospect and after making a debut for the big club. Brown was valued as a top prospect in the Phillies farm system and throughout the whole league. The Phillies avoided trading him on many occasions hoping he would become a regular starting outfielder for the team.

After three season since making his MLB debut, it is clear that 2013 will be the make-or-break year for Brown in Philadelphia.

In the last three seasons, Brown has jumped between the majors and triple-A affiliate, Leigh Valley, with 147 games played for the Phillies. He has a total batting average of .236, 12 home runs and 58 RBIs. Along with his low numbers, Brown’s overall performance has left fans and coaches to question if he has what it takes to be a starter on the team.

With Ruf making noise at the end of last season, Brown losing the starting job to Ruf would most likely end Brown’s career with the Phillies.

Throughout spring training this year, while it is still early, Brown has looked impressive. He has played in four games, with seven at bats and has two home runs, two RBIs and a .429 batting average.

Again, it is still very early in not only spring training, but the 2013 season as well, but if Brown can continue to impress he may find himself starting on opening day and finally giving Phillies fans and coaches a reason to have faith in him.

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