Domonic Brown's Detractors See Philadelphia Phillies' Spring Crows

By Sean O'Brien
Philadelphia Phillies Domonic Brown
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Have you seen the crows that have been flying in the Florida sky since late February? Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown has and he knows that many baseball “experts” are hoping that they don’t have to eat all of them this season.

Yes, it’s only the beginning of March and number 9 has hardly proven himself. Yet, his .348 batting average through his first 20 at bats and the four home runs that he’s hit are encouraging.

Expect an emotional response if you offer those last two sentences to anyone who has already decided that this affable 25-year-old man will never make it. Logic often is missing from the minds of those who use cement to secure their opinions.

Brown hasn’t earned the respect of the masses to-date through his first three partial-season efforts. But, aside of his .236 career batting average and .703 OPS mark is the number 492. Those three digits represent the amount of major league plate appearances Brown has made since first being rushed to the major leagues in 2010.

Arriving with that “five-tool” label and suffering subsequent injuries along the way hasn’t been easy. However, I saw something in Brown’s game last season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley and during his time with the Phillies that caught my interest. The native Floridian was sporting a steady confidence that I hadn’t seen since his Reading Phillies‘ days.

If Brown is able to maintain his outlook and avoid the disabled list, I think he can play 140 major league games this year. That sample size would allow everyone to form a full-seasoned opinion about whether this former 2006 twentieth round draft pick actually has potential.

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