Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown has been on an absolute tear lately, and he was rewarded for his efforts as he won the NL player of the week earlier this afternoon. He continued his dominant stretch in May by blasting two more home runs against the Boston Red Sox at crucial moments in the Phillies’ 4-3 victory on Wednesday, helping the team close the gap on the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.
Brown has really come on strong, hitting for power and average this month with the help of hitting coach Wally Joyner, adapting a shorter stroke so he can hit to all fields. Brown has always had the natural raw ability to be a star in the majors, which is why Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies were always so reluctant to include him as a player in any trade discussions.
The faith in Brown has really paid off as he is on a torrid pace and is seeing the ball better than ever.
The emergence of Brown as a star player will be critical for the Phils as they are an aging veteran squad that is in desperate need of some young, talented bats. Brown certainly gives them that, as the home-grown talent is second in the NL in home runs and in the top 12 in the league in RBIs in his first year with regular at-bats.
Brown is finally getting his shot and is proving why the Phillies held on to him as their top prospect in the farm system. The Phillies have hovered around .500 for much of the season, struggling to catch up to the Braves in the NL East. Perhaps with the emergence of Brown and continued solid starting pitching, the Phils can see themselves with another division banner in time, and be in contention for a World Championship yet again.