Sometimes evaluating a player is hard when there is not a big enough body of work.
That is not the case for Domonic Brown of the Philadelphia Phillies. He’s played long stretches for the team for five years, and four of them have been very bad. In all five years, even last year when he hit 27 home runs, his WAR has been negative. That’s pretty hard to do. For that and many other reasons, when the Phillies make a list of who stays and who goes in the offseason, Brown should be at the top of a long list of players to let go.
Brown’s boneheaded play in the Phillies’ 18th extra-inning game of the season cost them a chance to register an impressive sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. The play was just another error on his belt, and is a major reason why the former top prospect has not contributed to the Phillies’ success despite what has sometimes seemed like an impact bat. Simply put, he has not lived up to his potential as a member of the Phillies, and has put himself firmly in the “bust” category.
When Phillies’ bench coach Larry Bowa said earlier in the season “you can’t teach some guys instincts,” pretty much every Phillies fan knew he was referring to Brown. Now that the Phillies have had a five-year body of work to evaluate Brown, the decision they need to make should be an easy one.