It wasn’t too long ago that Phillie fans were salivating over the arrival of top prospect, Domonic Brown. Last year, we got a small sample size of Brown over a span of 35 games and needless to say, we weren’t impressed. Brown was called up to the majors on July 28th of 2010 and seemed to have won the hearts of fans on day one, going 2-for-3 with two RBI’s in his debut against the Diamondbacks. Dom never really played on a regular basis, so it was tough for him to hit his stride or merely grow at all. He hit just .210 over the 35 games with two homers and 13 RBI’s.
Fast forward to this year. Brown and Ben Francisco were slated to take over the right field gig for the departed Jayson Werth. Fans seemed to have confidence in the decision at first, but as you can see by the addition of Hunter Pence, the original plan didn’t work out too well. Although Dom had a .335 on-base percentage, Ruben Amaro opted to send him down to the minors to further work on his game offensively and defensively. That coupled with the emergence of John Mayberry made that move a no-brainer. Francisco didn’t do anything to “wow” the Phillies brass either, leading to the trade that brought Pence to town. Anyways, that is besides the point. The fact is we all expected a lot of Mr. Brown and he hasn’t even been close to meeting our expectations. Since being demoted to Lehigh Valley, he has struggled, hitting just .236 with a homer and five RBI’s. Management also decided to move Brown over to left field with Raul Ibanez’s contract up after 2011.
Let’s just say he just hasn’t been taking the transition too well. After picking up his game offensively (11-for-34 in the last 10 games before Monday), Brown had an absolutely atrocious game in left field yesterday. Fans booed him and began chanting “send Brown down”. He had one bad error and other misplays as well. To make things worse, Dom was 0-for-6 with four strikeouts. Check out the video here courtesy of thefightins.com and Service Electric…
A rough year without a doubt for Dom. We can only hope that he regains confidence in his swing and defense soon so he can be up with the big club to platoon with Mayberry in left to start next season.
Until then, I’m okay with just John Mayberry Jr, that’s for sure.