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Brown hit .245 with 5 HRs and 32 RBI in 56 games for the Phillies last year.
Brown is technically no longer a prospect, but still sports all the markings of one.
He can change that this year.
With the departure of Raul Ibanez and Chase Utley’s health in question, the opportunity for Brown is there to move up in the batting order to be that second left-handed power hitter.
The road to the big leagues has not been a smooth one for the 24-year-old. The Phillies organization has been patient so far with Brown. Now that there is an opening in the outfield, Brown will have to step up at the plate. Last season, Brown battled injuries to start the year. He spent time in the big club but was sent back down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to work on his game.
Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told MLB.com's Paul Hagan that
It's an important year for him...But the road to the big leagues is never a smooth one. It's never a straight one. So even as talented as he is, there are a lot of things that have to happen for him to be a quality big league player. We still think he has the ability to do that.
John Mayberry Jr. would be very happy to take his place. Mayberry and Brown would have battled it out in spring training to see who got the spot in left field. Like last season however, Brown had injuries to deal with. The Phillies are likely to remain patient. Brown will have to put up some stellar numbers in Triple-A for the Phillies to consider not moving him.