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Phillies' Brown: 'I'm fighting to win a job'

Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:11 am
 
Domonic Brown

By C. Trent Rosecrans

A year ago, the Phillies' right fielder's job was Domonic Brown's to lose. And, well, he did.

A broken hamate bone in spring training followed by a thumb sprain slowed Brown at the beginning of the season and then his lack of production led the Phillies to go out and get Hunter Pence at the trading deadline. Brown hit .245/.333/.391 with five home runs and 19 RBI in 210 plate appearances as a 23-year-old last season. He was sent to the minors after Pence joined the team on July 30 and called up in September. He struck out in his only plate appearance in September.

This season the expectations aren't as high for Brown, the team's former top prospect. He's among those in contention for the left field job, along with John Mayberry Jr. and Laynce Nix, but it appears the deck is stacked against him.

Mayberry was the surprise breakout in 2011, hitting .273/.341/.513 with 15 homers and 49 RBI in 296 plate appearances. Nix is a veteran backup, who like Brown, is a left-handed hitter.

In October, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said he wanted Brown to get another year of Triple-A under his belt in 2012.

That, unsurprisingly, isn't how Brown sees things.

"I don't know if I need at-bats in Triple-A or if I need to get used to it up here," He told reporters, including David Hale of DelawareOnline.com on Tuesday. "I just know I need to play somewhere."

Triple-A hasn't been much of a challenge for Brown, who has played 69 games over two seasons for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, hitting .298/.390/.453 with eight home runs and 17 stolen bases. Still, he's not played more than 41 games in one season at that level, so there could be some benefit to a full season at Triple-A and seeing teams and pitchers more than once.

The lack of power last season -- seven home runs in the minors and five in the big leagues -- isn't much of a surprise due to the broken hamate bone. Brown said Tuesday his hand is "100 percent" and it took months for him to get there.

As for this spring, Brown trained with Gary Sheffield in the offseason and is excited about his chances to make the team out of spring.

"I'm not at peach if I start at Triple-A. … I'm coming to win a job," Brown said. "I'm fighting to win a job here. That's the big goal."

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Comments

Since: Apr 15, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:24 pm
 

Phillies' Brown: 'I'm fighting to win a job'

Now....here is a test for you because purposely made a Fopaux. Can you find it?



Since: Apr 15, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:19 pm
 

Phillies' Brown: 'I'm fighting to win a job'

"I'm not at peach if I start at Triple-A. … I'm coming to win a job," Brown said. "I'm fighting to win a job here. That's the big goal."

Please.....PLEASE!!!!!!! Proof read your story BEFORE you send it...especially if it is a quote from an individual.
Could it be John said "I'm not at PEACE if I start at Triple-A.......



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:56 pm
 

Phillies' Brown: 'I'm fighting to win a job'

Where does it say he trained with Shefield looking for more power? He was working with Shef to become a better hiter. Shef had amazingly quick hands that got through the zone with great speed. Brown could have done worse. He has anought natural power but any hitter that breaks a hammate loses some of that for about a year. It will come back. Now, if he can just learn the strike zone better.



Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 1:59 pm
 

Phillies' Brown: 'I'm fighting to win a job'

"Brown trained with Gary Sheffield in the offseason" ... looking for more power, training with Sheffield, hmmm, interesting...


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