CLEARWATER FL - FEBRUARY 24: Outfielder Domonic Brown #9 of the Philadelphia Phillies singles in the first inning against the Florida State Seminoles February 24 2011 at Bright House Field in Clearwater Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
I mentioned in the Roto Roundup that the Phillies placed outfielder Shane Victorino on the DL and today they officially announced the corresponding move. They have called up top prospect Domonic Brown.
Brown is the outfielder the Phillies refused to include in deals for Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay over the past few years, and for good reason. Last year, Brown split time between AA and AAA, and hit a combined .327-.391-.589 with 20 HRs, 68 RBIs, 17 SBs and a 74-37 K/BB rate.
After getting called up last year, again to replace a DL'd Shane Victorino, Brown hit just .210-.257-.355 with 2 HRs, 13 RBIs, 2 SBs and a 24-5 K/BB rate in 62 at bats. Over the offseason, the Phillies sent Brown to play in the Dominican Winter League, but Brown performed so poorly that he attempted to change his swing. The result of the swing change were so bad that Brown went back to his old swing.
This year, at AAA Lehigh Valley, Brown hit .341-.431-.537 with 2 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB and a 9-7 K/BB rate in 4 at bats. i would temper expectations for Brown this season, but I do think he will play enough to be added in NL only leagues and deeper mixed leagues that employ 5 outfielders. I could see 12 HRs and 10-12 SBs the rest of the way should he play everyday.
Finally, Brown's callup is just another of a long line of examples to never trust what Phillies GM Ruben Amaro says about a ball player. Yesterday, he was quoted as saying that the Phillies would not call up Brown to replace Victorino. Just like "that ship has sailed" with regards to the Phillies signing Cliff Lee in the offseason.