Brown Is Struggling Early

The numbers are not pretty, but it’s early and Domonic Brown said he feels fine.

Well, he feels mostly fine.

“I’m just trying to feel comfortable,” he said today at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. “I’m just trying to stay with the same approach. I’ve been working all winter with it. It’s the first couple days I’m seeing pitches. I know it’s going to happen. I’m not stressing about anything.”

Brown is 0 for 9 with two walks and six strikeouts in three Grapefruit League games. He went 0 for 4 with one walk and two strikeouts today against the Blue Jays.

Brown has been working with his stance since the end of last season. He has tried to lower his hands, and he has not found the perfect spot yet. His held his hands much lower in the batter’s box Sunday against the New York Yankees at Bright House Field, where he went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts. He held his hands noticeably higher today, but still lower than they were last season when he played with the Phillies.

“I’m moving them around, trying to find a good neutral spot, not too high, not too low,” Brown said. “Make sure they feel good and comfortable. The spot I had them today felt really well. Yesterday it felt like they were too low.

“I felt like I was a left-handed Sammy Sosa, and that’s not my style.”

Charlie Manuel said he is not concerned with Brown, although Brown is competing for a job on the big-league roster. Ben Francisco went 1 for 2 with one RBI and one walk. Francisco is hitting .571 (4 for 7) with one double, one triple, one home run, four RBIs and two walks in three Grapefruit League games. John Mayberry Jr., who also is in the competition, is 1 for 7 with one strikeout and one stolen base in three games.

“I think it’s his balance and stuff,” Manuel said of Brown. “He’s been trying. He’s been over swinging. Today he quieted down some. He kind of slowed down a little bit at the plate.”

Brown sounded upbeat after the game. If he is upset or disappointed or frustrated, he is not letting on.

“No, man, no,” he said. “I barely ever get frustrated with anything. I know it’s a game first. But I’m ready for this thing to start rolling a little bit. I’m getting a little anxious. I’m feeling good in the box.”

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9 Comments

Like I said the other day, I think they should be giving Delwyn Young and Brandon Moss a closer look.

Dom Brown is overrated. Success at AA does not mean success in the majors. Enjoy AAA Dom. Good thing Fransisco looks like he is ready for the challenge of playing everyday.

So, one of the top prospects in MLB is still working on his stance and hand position?
He should be learning about pitchers and working on being a big league ballplayer. It’s discouraging.

I saw the swings he had against the Yankees. He’s late on everything because he’s not comfortable up there. They have to leave him alone and let him get comfortable. He’s a ‘can’t miss’ player, it’s only a matter of when. They are holding him back by trying to make him what he’s not. Just let him play.

With each passing day and each at bat it’s looking more and more like Domonic Brown is not a major league hitter. He wouldn’t be the first to generate great numbers in the minors, then fail in the majors.

It could just be the jitters with Brown. Or not. Too soon to tell. I like everything I’ve seen from Francisco. Since the Phillies signed him. I see no reason why he couldn’t be an everyday player.

It could just be the jitters with Brown. Or not. Too soon to tell. I like everything I’ve seen from Francisco. Since the Phillies signed him. I see no reason why he couldn’t be an everyday player. The Phillies will be OK in right field one way or another. I’m more concerned about Utley and Rollins personally.

Yeah, Brown feels fine.

It’s the rest of us who are feeling a bit uneasy about handing over a starting job on the NL East champs to an untested and unproven rookie who seems outmatched by major league pitching.

None of you were feeling down about Brown last spring training when he hit .417 last spring training, particularly when he turn a Verlander fastball into paste as it sailed out of the building. Seriously, if you don’t understand the kind of patience it takes to watch baseball, if you don’t understand that all hitters–including Ruth, Mantle, and the mighty Albert Pujols–go through slumps, if you don’t understand that sometimes MLB players–young and old–tinker with their hitting mechanics, you need to read up or go back to only thinking about the Eagles year round.

Dom Brown has got a world of talent. If you don’t believe it, go read anything that any big league scouts have written on him. I have no problem with the idea of him playing in AAA for another year, if necessary, to realize that talent. However, I think that he’s probably ready for the show. He just needs to relax, stop worrying about expectations, find his natural swing, get a couple of ball to fall, and find a groove.

This hasn’t been a pretty 4-game stretch for Brown, but that’s expected with young talent. Get a grip.

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