Domonic Brown to the Majors

It was under different circumstances than most expected, but the name most believe is currently the #1 prospect in baseball, Domonic Brown, received the much-anticipated call to the majors this afternoon as Shane Victorino was placed on the DL with an oblique strain.

Brown, 23, was hitting .346/.390/.561 in 107 AB’s with AAA Lehigh Valley.  He had 5 HR and 21 RBI to go along with 5 SB in 6 attempts. Overall on the year, Brown has hit .327/.391/.589 with 20HR and 68 RBI in 343 AB’s.  Additionally, he has stolen 17 bases in 24 attempts. His walk rate is 10%, while striking out at a 19% clip. 

Brown was hitting lefties and righties at above a .300 clip in Lehigh Valley and hitting .385 with RISP.  The injury to Victorino hurts the Phillies simply from a depth perspective, as their hands very well may be tied now as far as the possibility of dealing Jayson Werth, however, what Brown will bring to the table is a five tool talent, that when combined with the other talent in the Phils lineup will be very tough to combat.

48 thoughts on “Domonic Brown to the Majors

  1. Talent wise it is not too early. He has it all and I can’t wait to see what he does.

  2. Also from a contract perspective this is actually ‘good’ timing. If he was going to start from day one next season he would have been a super 2 anyways so from an eligibility stand point him moving up now changes nothing.

  3. It will be interesting to see where they will hit him in the lineup. Normally, I would guess 6th after Werth, but with Rollins and Victorino probably out, they might want to put him somewhere at or near the top.

  4. SIFPA my guess is he hits 6th or 7th for tonight. After a game or 2 I think we could see him batting 2nd and if Rollins continues to be out he could end up leading off. Depends on how aggressive Charlie wants to be…

  5. Might need to temper expectations some if you think he will be hitting second long term. No matter how great players are, going to MLB is a hell of a jump.

  6. polly
    DOM
    raul
    ryan
    jayson
    dobbs
    chooch
    valdez
    doc

    polly
    dobbs
    raul
    ryan
    jayson
    DOM
    chooch
    valdez
    doc

  7. Great to see Brown called up, but what’s gonna happen when Victorino comes back and how long do those injuries last? Also, will Brown play full time or platoon with Francisco and will he play right with Werth moving to Center?

  8. Good for him!! I just hope we all have realistic expectations and analyze his performance accordingly. He is taking the place of someone batting about .250 with about 15 hr. So if during his “get his feet wet” period he accomplishes something in that range we should all be ecstatic. Granted he has more hype and should in the long run obliterate those typse of numbers, at least for the time being, let’s just cheer the kid on and be happy that one of “our guys” has gotten to the ultimate goal.

  9. Vince, if Victorino comes back quickly and they still have Werth, I think the’ll send Brown down until September. But the way injuries have gone for the Phillies this year, Victorino could be out for a while and come back in September, leaving Brown on the roster for the rest of the season.

  10. I’m not sure how he qualify as a “Super Two” if he is only up for a short period of time. He would need to be in the top 17% of players with more than 2 years and less than 3 years of service time.

  11. I doubt this is a platoon situation. It could get very interesting if he does well, when Victorino comes off the DL.

    Exciting day for Phillies baseball!

  12. Joe M:

    Brown will NOT be a super 2 under any circumstances. If he stays in the MLB from now until after 2012 he will not have enough service time to qualify as a Super 2.

    His first Arb year will be 2014 regardless.

  13. i would say:

    polanco
    ruiz
    raul
    howard
    werth
    brown
    dobbs
    valdez
    doc

    i like this lineup because you never have 3 lefties in a row and I think batting ruiz in the 2 hole isnt a horrible idea because he puts the ball in play and has a .390 obp

  14. Bringing Dom Brown up now may be the best thing that could have happened to the Phillies. When they hit September, they’ll have so many bats and options off the bench that they’ll be lethal. Honestly, if Happ is healthy (big “if” – I know), the team would be better off getting an extra infielder and another guy for the back of the bullpen – there’s plenty of talent around to accommodate such trades w/o trading the future superstars of the team.

  15. Logically, he should lead off, with Polanco 2nd. This gives a good righty-lefty balance without changing the rest of the lineup too much. However, they may be reluctant o lead him off in his first game. We’ll see.

  16. I suspect he’ll hit safely down in the line-up probably at No. 7 and they won’t be moving him up or messing around with him anytime soon. Why put more pressure on him than necessary? I cannot wait to see this. It’s the most eagerly anticipated Phils debut since Hamels in 2006.

  17. Great news, it will be fun to see how he does. I agree with DymondDirt on setting expectations as “not quite as good as Victorino” and being excited if he puts up better numbers than Victorino.

    I do worry a little about the big club’s OF defense now…maybe Francisco will get more PT in LF to make up for it?

  18. Is this site going to have empty nest syndrome?

    Dan and Clyde, I think the previous reference to super 2 was for 2011.

  19. i.e. we’ve been quite sure he was going to start off 2011 with the big club and not wait to miss super 2 that year, so might as well start his clock now.

  20. I personally feel we do not need to keep our expectations down. with all the young players being called up across the majors and being successful, and with brown hitting well at 3a and 2a i feel he can have an immediate impact. Between posey, heyward, starlin castro, and a few names that escape me there is no reason he can’t step right into the majors.

  21. I guess theres no question Charlie gives him the nod against rhp Jackson, right? Either way this is very exciting for Dom and the organization, I could totally see him having a big night against Jackson. Let the Domo-nation begin.

  22. Good luck Dom. Don’t take this the wrong way but I hope we never see in the minors again.

    If I was the Manager of the Dbacks, I think I’d switch to a lefty starter.

  23. Excited to see brown, but man vic down, utley, rollins, crazy, we just got back madson,happ, polanco, and now lose three starters, this team is really getting bite by the injury bug.

  24. There’s no speed at the top of the lineup w/o Jimmy or Shane. I know they don’t want to pressure Brown but I think I would have batted him second. Either way, I wish him success. It starts tonight!

  25. What happens when Shane comes off the DL? Does Dom go back down to AAA until rosters are expanded? I’m glad that Ibanez’s bat has further complicated this issue.

  26. This is an interesting piece I found that takes the big names promoted this year (Heyward, Santana, Posey, Alvarez, Smoak and Stanton) and compares their minor league number this year (or last year in Heywards case) to how they’ve performed so far. He then uses that data to give an idea of what we should expect from Brown.

    http://www.reclinergm.com/heeeeerrrrreeeees-domo/

  27. I thought maybe there was a 40-man roster adjustment needed to make room. But it looks like there’s still only 39.

  28. Will he still count as a prospect during the off-season top lists? If not, having the number 1 prospect in all of baseball was pretty short lived. Not that I’m complaining. At all. I really hope he tears it up.

    Good luck, Dom.

  29. Skunky, it depends if he gets enough at bats to qualify for the rookie of the year voting, which I think is around 130 if I’m not mistaken. I would say it’s 50/50 if he gets that depending on what they do when Victorino returns

  30. if i were making the lineup tonite.

    werth
    polanco
    ibanez
    howard
    dobbs
    brown
    ruiz
    valdez

    werth does what leadoff guys are supposed to do. although i’d like to see ibanez gone, he has done alright hitting third.

  31. In a weird way thank god for injuries or no one would ever get out of the minors. Good luck big guy,big fast guy,big fast guy who hits home runs,big fast guy who hits home runs and hits for average. Wow I’m tired

    Now we have to work on a SS because the one playing for the Phils is too dumb. He let the runner come between Howard and himself leaving Howard to try to loop a throw. Bring up Villar (joke)(you can never be too careful)

  32. Dom is batting 6th tonight and playing in RF…….Polly, Dobbs, Raul, Howard, Werth, Brown, Ruiz, Valdez, Doc……

  33. I’m not entirely sure if dom qualifies as a 5 tool player. If his defense is still a little weak, that would make him a 4 tool guy. Its like when people call Han-Ram a 5 tool guy and ignore his defense. I know that its a little nit picky, but 90% of the time when somebody is refered to as a 5 tool player they aren’t good with one of the tools. troy tuluwitski and chase utley are the only 5 tool player that i can think of off the top of my head. pujols is a 3 tool player, hanley is a 4 tool player, joe mauer is a 4 tool player. Carl crawford is close, but he lacks the power.

    anyway, thats my little pet peeve for the day. looking forward to his debut. hope he goes 4 for 4 with 4 HRs and a walk.

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