Tag:Domonic Brown
Posted on: August 12, 2010 3:03 pm

Victorino returns to Phillies

Shane Victorino Shane Victorino has been activated off the disabled list for the Phillies, returning the club's starting center fielder to the roster.

Victorino was placed on the disabled list July 28 with an abdominal strain, but came through two rehab stints in Triple-A with flying colors. He will return to a .250/.311/.428 line in 441 plate appearances, pushing top prospect Domonic Brown to the bench.

There are rumblings that Brown was to be sent to Triple-A for Victorino's return to ensure playing time, but reliever Antonio Bastardo was shuffled off instead. Pinch-hitter and outfielder Ross Gload was injured in Wednesday night's game and remains day-to-day with a strained right groin, which likely impacted the decision to keep Brown in the majors.

Brown, 22, has a .237/.238/.368 line in 42 plate appearances, although he cranked his first home run on Wednesday.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 8:29 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:08 pm

Victorino homers in rehab game

Shane Victorino The Phillies got encouraging news earlier today with Chase Utley and even more good news later as Shane Victorino tripled and homered in his first two at-bats of a rehab assignment at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Victorino had a single in two at-bats in his first game Monday. Afterwards, he told the Bucks County Courier Times : "I'm not feeling it at all."

Apparently he's feeling it tonight against the Pawtucket Red Sox. He singled in the first and homered in the third off of Pawtucket lefty Kris Johnson. He is scheduled to play seven innings tonight.

Victorino has been on the disabled list since straining his left abdominal muscle on July 27.

He's scheduled to play nine innings Thursday for the Iron Pigs, but if he's ready now, why not call him up right away?

He'll be back soon enough, and when he is back with the Phillies, does the team send top prospect Domonic Brown back to the minors?

Brown went into Wednesday's game hitting .257/.237/.400 with a homer and 10 RBI in 10 games with the Phillies. He drove in the team's first run Wednesday night against the Dodgers.

With Victorino back, it's likely the Phillies would go back to their regular outfield with Raul Ibanez in left and Jayson Werth in right. For Brown to get in his at-bats, he'll have to go back to the minors until his September call-up.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 7:52 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2010 12:42 am

Phillies' Brown doubles in a run in first AB

Dominic Brown Phillies rookie Domonic Brown got a huge ovation as he stood at the plate for the first time in Philadelphia -- it was bigger after his RBI double off of Diamondbacks starter Edwin Jackson.

Brown pulled Jackson's 1-1 changeup to right and just barely missed a home run, but motored around the bases for a double and easily scored Jayson Werth, who led off the second with a  double. Brown showed why he was recruited to play wide receiver at Miami, with his long strides making what could have been a close play an easy double.

Brown went to third on a Carlos Ruiz single to left and then scored on Wilson Valdez' s groundout.

Brown's probably the Phillies' best offensive prospect since Ryan Howard. Brown had been the reason the Phillies were shopping Wertth, but he wasn't called up until the team put Shane Victorino on the disabled list. 

The 6-foot-5 outfielder was rated the No. 15 prospect in baseball before the season by Baseball America and didn't do anything this season to hurt that standing. In Double-A and Triple-A, Brown hit a combined .327/.391/.589 with 20 home runs and 68 RBI in 93 games.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 2:00 pm

Victorino DLed, Brown recalled, Oswalt possible

Shane Victorino The odds Jayson Werth gets traded may have just plummeted.

The Phillies placed Shane Victorino on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday after suffering an abdominal strain while diving back into first base on a pickoff play in the first inning of Tuesday's contest against the Diamondbacks. He is hitting .250/.311/.438 on the season, down from his previous levels but has cranked a career-high 15 home runs over 441 plate appearances.

To replace Victorino, the Phillies have called up top prospect Domonic Brown, who the Phils have been eyeing to call up for some time now. The minor-league phenom has hit for a combined .327/.391/.589 line over stints with Double- and Triple-A. His power numbers were greater for Double-A (.318/.391/.602) but in Triple-A he's been hitting the cover off the ball with a .346 batting average.

Brown hasn't exactly flashed much plate discipline in Triple-A (just eight walks in 118 plate appearances) but that figures to improve if and when he doesn't rake to the same clip as he is currently. He's a five-tool star who should start in right field, with incumbent Jayson Werth sliding over to center field.

On Tuesday, CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler reported that teams believed the Phillies were motivated to move Werth. However, with Philadelphia having won six straight and 3 1/2 games behind the Braves, that view has suddenly changed in light of the Victorino injury. Now, Werth is needed to plug the gap for a team that might be able to add Roy Oswalt at the trading deadline.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says the Phillies have the general parameters of a deal agreed to for Roy Oswalt. The only problem? Philadelphia is not sure it wants to do the deal. The farm system would be even more depleted, as prospects along with J.A. Happ would be sent off to Houston. In addition, Philly has one of the largest payrolls in the game and that's not changing anytime soon. Oswalt would add to that, especially with a 2012 option for $16 million that the righty wants picked up.
-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 7, 2010 1:36 am

Phillies won't call up Brown unless he plays

Domonic Brown The Philadelphia Phillies are struggling, but they won't call up their top prospect to provide a shot in the arm.

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer says that GM Ruben Amaro admitted Domonic Brown could help the team later this year, but wouldn't do so unless he plays every day.

Since the outfield is full-up with Raul Ibanez, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth, that won't happen any time soon even though Brown, considered by many the best prospect in the game still in the minors, is banging on the door.

The youngster was recently promoted to Triple-A and has demolished that level to the tune of a .405/.435/.762 line in 46 plate appearances, this after posting a .318/.391/.602 line in 271 PAs for Double-A.

There are three possibilities for Brown to join the team. The first is the most obvious: an injury to a starting outfielder. Brown would be the most logical player to step in, even ahead of backup Ben Francisco and Ross Gload.

Second would be if Raul Ibanez was benched. The veteran was inked to an inadvisable three-year deal prior to 2009. While he was one of the best first-half sluggers for the Phillies, since the second half of 2009 he's been poor. However, Ibanez isn't at the point where he should be benched, and likely won't be until 2011, if then.

That leaves the only remaining option being the departure of Jayson Werth. The Phillies currently are five games out of first and unless they go on a streak soon, will fall too far behind the Braves and Mets what with Chase Utley and Placido Polanco out. That could open up Werth to be dealt at the deadline, which would pave the way for Brown in right.

Otherwise, Brown will have to bide his time until 2011, at which point Werth will most likely have departed as a free agent. If, somehow, the Phillies pull off Werth staying in town, then Brown either becomes trade bait or -- most likely -- Ibanez is sent to the bench.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 14, 2010 11:08 am

Phillies unlikely to add

Phillies fans are getting a bit nervous about the National League champs being in third place at this point in the season, and Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News points out that the team is not likely to be able to significantly upgrade via trade.

The Phillies have gotten help at the deadline the past three years: Kyle Lohse in 2007, Joe Blanton in 2008 and Cliff Lee in 2009. Those trades depleted the farm system of the kind of players they'd need to make a similar deal this year. The cupboard is bare except for outfielder Domonic Brown, and the Phillies aren't inclined to trade such a promising prospect.

The Phillies also are hamstrung by their high payroll, much of which is going to players who already are signed for 2011. That rules out taking on a big contract.

The return of Jimmy Rollins (on the disabled list since May 22 with a calf injury, maybe back this weekend) will be a boost to the offense, but for the most part the Phillies are going to have to figure out how to get it done with the guys currently in the clubhouse.

-- David Andriesen

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