Is This Brown’s Last Shot?

Domonic BrownThis is a big spring for Domonic Brown. He’s smart enough to know that.

The way I see it, four of the Phillies’ five outfield jobs are locks or close to locks:

  • Ben Revere. He’s the centerfielder.
  • Delmon Young. He’s the rightfielder, although he could miss the first couple weeks of the season following ankle surgery.
  • John Mayberry Jr. I think he makes the team because he hits left-handed pitching well, he’s out of options and because he’s the only other guy in this group other than Revere that can play center field.
  • Laynce Nix. He’s making $1.35 million this season and he’s a veteran left-handed bat with pop. I suppose there’s a situation where the Phillies could release him, but it seems unlikely at this point.

That leaves Brown and Darin Ruf competing for the final outfield job, although Young’s health could make everything written here moot. But here’s what Brown said today about his job prospects:

Q: Your reaction to the Phillies signing Young?
A: We needed a right-handed bat. I mean, he’s going to play outfield for us. I’m coming in to win a job. That’s it. No worries.

Q: Does switching positions matter?
A: It doesn’t matter. Whatever I need to do for the team. It really doesn’t matter.

Q: What do you need to work on to be a starting, everyday player?
A: What do I need to work on? I don’t know man. They say defensively, I don’t know though. I’m just going to go out, keep having fun and really not worry about anything. If I get sent down, that’ll be that, too. I’ll just go down and work hard. And that’s it.

Q: So it’s your defense?
A: No, I’m not saying that at all. I’m just telling what you guys say. I really don’t think that at all. I don’t think so. If I get 4-500 at-bats I think I can show what I’m really capable of doing.

Q: Are you waiting for that opportunity to get an opportunity to do that over a full season?
A: You know what? I’ve been waiting for that for a long time. When I get that opportunity, getting that like I did at the second half of last year, see what I’m capable of in 4-500 at-bats.

Q: How healthy are you?
A: I’m ready to go

Q: Is this one of your last shots to win a job?
A: I don’t know. We’ll leave that up to Ruben, man. He makes the decisions. I’ve still got one more option, so we’ll see what happens.

Q: Can you hit left-handed pitching well enough?
A: If you check the stats coming through the minor leagues with 400, 500 at-bats, you’ll see how Domonic Brown hits lefties better than righties. I don’t think that’s ever been a problem.

Q: Do you feel you haven’t gotten the chance to show your best?
A: I’m not saying that. We’ve had some tough times. We’ve had some injuries. We had some big guys in the lineup that needed to play. So when I got called up it was a time for 100, 200 at-bats, that was the most I had. And that’s been it. I’m just saying I hope I can get a full season under my belt.

Q: Does the talk about your defense motivate you?
A: Oh yeah, I use everything as motivation. I’ve been through a lot of tough times growing up. This stuff really isn’t that big a deal. Really. Seriously. I’m just having fun playing baseball and that’s really it.

Q: Do you think injuries have been more a part of it?
A: That’s been the biggest thing. That’s really what I want to focus on this year, just staying healthy. The last three years I’ve fought a couple injury bugs. I think that’s been the setback.

Q: How would you describe what you’ve been through?
A: I’ve been through a lot, but still at the end of the day there are much more positive things than negative. It all balances out and I throw those little negative things in the garbage because I know the positive stuff is a lot. I’ve been through a lot, but I’ve had a lot of great moments.

Q: How strange is it to go from touted prospect to doubted prospect?
A: I don’t know, nan. I think there are a lot of other teams that still want me. That’s just how it is in a big market. You have to go out and perform and if you don’t, then usually they get rid of you. I’m not even going to lie to you. I thought I’d have been gone a long time ago, not because of my performance, but because of the guys they could have got for me. I don’t even look at the trade talk anymore because normally I’m in every trade talk.

12 Comments

Based on his own words I am going to say yes this is his last chance with the Phillies. Did he really refer to himself in thrid person? LOL Steve Jeltz likes that! :)

This should be his last shot. But they have to really give him the shot. They’ve been yanking his chain long enough.

I agree. If he doesn’t get at least 400 plate appearances, like he said, and they still get rid of him, I will start a petition to get Ruben fired. They have invested so much time in the kid, NOT trading him in plenty of different situations when his trade value was sky high, and if they get rid of him without knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that he can’t be a starter in the bigs, I will be calling for heads to roll, starting with clueless Roob.

I do believe this is his last shot; it just seems to me that he has not made the most of the opportunities he has been given by the organization, and (in Baseball) potential does not win any games- performance does. I really thought that 2011 was going to be Dom’s year,but he could not put anything together. Poor defense can be more than made up for by good offense, but Dom has not shown he can be relied upon (at the major league level) to get the job done. I just hope Delmon Young can stay healthy, and become the player he once was.

Young signing was full of desperation and not a smart baseball decision. Play Brown in right and Ruf in left. Use Nix and Mayberry for certain matchups. This season comes down to three things 1) Utley 2) Howard 3) Halladay. If those three are healthy and return to form, the Phils will be in it. If not, it doesn’t matter who plays in the OF.

If he stays healthy during the spring, he’ll be starter in LF. (unless he’s inept and Ruf plays incredible)

Sounds like Dominic isn’t feeling too much pressure because he knows he’ll still have a soft landing if the Phillies release/trade him. Doesn’t seem like a great attitude but hey, that’s just my take.

Release? LOL.

It’s quite possible Brown never becomes the star some thought he might be. But he has hit better than Delmon Young the last two seasons, and will remain cheap and controllable for several more years.

Releasing him is not a conceivable option because even if he doesn’t improve any more (and most players DO improve on their age 24 season), he would still have value as a cheap bench bat.

I love his attitude. It says that if he doesn’t get his chance here, he’s confident that he can play somewhere else.

Hopefully he’ll be providing the Phillies with good, cheap outfield production for many years to come.

#IronPigForever

it may be his last chance, but it will also be his first real chance. Lets put him out there every day-no platoon, and see what he has done by the trade deadline. Then we can make a decision on his future, or lack of one

Exactly.

I liked the way Domonic replied to the questions. He is confident in his ability to succeed on the big stage and he doesn’t care if the Phils don’t think he can. That is a monstrous chip on his shoulder. He will be ready to assert himself in the Grapefruit League.

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