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The “Phuture” Becoming the “Now” for Brown
By Alex Cohen
For almost every major league baseball organization, the month of July brings plenty of uncertainties.
Due to the combination of injuries that coincide with three straight months of daily wear-and-tear on the body, the trade deadline, and the dollars and cents that make up the economy of “America’s Pastime”, the lack of guarantees at this time of season, good or bad, are virtually unavoidable.
However, the current state of the big league club up in Philadelphia is actually creating the opposite regarding the roster of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Whether it’s because of a rumored deal that marks the departure of one of the Phillies all-star caliber outfielders, an empty roster spot, or a chance to expand the MLB roster on September 1st, it’s becoming quite apparent that one of the IronPigs brightest stars, OF Domonic Brown, could be leaving the home clubhouse at Coca-Cola Park at some point in coming weeks (or days) to make his debut at the big league level.
And for good reason.
The soon-to-be 23 year-old Brown, who is now so highly regarded around baseball circles that scouts from ESPN, Baseball America, and Baseball Prospectus have recently rated him the #1 prospect in all of professional baseball, has more than lived up to that enormous hype in the month that he has spent in the Lehigh Valley.
As of July 26th, a glimpse into an stat-line that shows him featuring a team-high .343 BA, 5 HR, and 19 RBI’s in 25 games is visible proof Brown has dominated his Triple-A competition in all facets of the game in his short stint with the IronPigs.
Truth be told though, the prolific minor league statistics and superior natural talent that allowed Brown to receive an invitation to participate in the 2010 Futures Game as a part of this month’s All-Star Weekend in Anaheim (went 1-1 with an RBI single) aren’t the primary characteristics of the self-described “Farm boy from Georgia” that separate him from the other elite prospects.
Since Brown’s arrival to Triple-A competition, it’s his work ethic, humble demeanor, and overall approach to the game of baseball that has drawn even more praise than his on-the-field production from virtually everyone connected to the young phenom.
The growing list of Brown’s admirers, which now has a wide range from those within the organization to the compilation of notoriously harsh critics that make up the Philadelphia media contingent, also includes arguably the most important people of all at this point of his career.
His current teammates.
“The kid is a sponge,” says fellow IronPigs OF Chris Duffy, who with over three years of MLB experience to his name has embraced his newfound role of an approachable veteran and outfield coach to Brown.
“We’ll be running off the field after an inning, and he’ll come right to me or John (Mayberry) and ask what he could have done better on a previous play, or what he should do differently to prepare for an at-bat. He’s always willing to learn, yet he still has THAT swagger that separates him.”
The swagger that Duffy speaks up, which possesses a perfect balance of confidence yet not cockiness, is what allows Brown to tune out those who are demanding his arrival to Philadelphia (a list that is also growing) and just go out there and play the game of baseball.
“It’s not my job to worry about that kind of stuff,” said Brown while referencing his eventual promotion to the Phillies. “I just go out and do what I have to do on the field here, and if I get that call to go to Philadelphia, I’ll be ready.”
Barring a trade or some other unforeseen circumstance, when that call is made by those who make up the front office in Philadelphia, and Domonic Brown makes his largely anticipated debut in the City of Brotherly Love, the undisputed top prospect in the Phillies organization should automatically become a cornerstone in the Citizens Bank Park outfield for years to come.
In fact, it’s almost a certainty that he will.