Jayson Werth vs. Domonic Brown: Who's Better for the Philadelphia Phillies?

JohnContributor IIINovember 5, 2010

Jayson Werth Vs. Dominic Brown: Who's Better For The Philadelphia Phillies?

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 21:  Ryan Howard #6, Jayson Werth #28, and Domonic Brown #9 of the Philadelphia Phillies stand on the field prior to playing the San Francisco Giants in Game Five of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park on October 21,
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    Jayson Werth is going to be a free agent at the end of the year.  If the Phillies don't re-sign Werth, rookie Domonic Brown will probably become their starting right fielder.

    There is some debate about whether Domonic Brown will do as well as Werth did, and whether it would be a good decision to re-sign Werth.  Here, I am going to explain the reasons why each player would be good or bad for the Phillies.

1. Brown's Hitting

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Dominic Brown #9 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a double against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 1, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    Even though Brown did not do that well last year in the Majors, he has shown his skill in the Minor Leagues.  He is probably a better overall hitter than Werth.

2. Werth's Experience and Brown's Inexperience

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 21:  Jayson Werth #28 of the Philadelphia Phillies runs the bases after hitting a solo homerun off Ramon Ramirez #52 of the San Francisco Giants in the ninth inning of Game Five of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park
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    Jason Werth has played a lot longer that Brown, so he has a lot more experience.  He has a lot of experience under pressure and in the postseason.

    Although Domonic Brown's youth can be an advantage, it can also be a disadvantage.  Brown is young and inexperienced and may not be ready for the Major Leagues.  Last year, he came up from the minors, but wasn't as good as expected.

3. Werth's Age

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 23:  Jayson Werth #28 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on against the San Francisco Giants in Game Six of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 23, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Do
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    Although being older can give you experience, it also has some downsides.  Werth is getting older and will probably have a lot more injuries than someone young like Domonic Brown.

4. Werth's Cost

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 23:  Jayson Werth #28 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after a sacrifice fly for an RBI against the San Francisco Giants in Game Six of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 23, 2010 in Philadelph
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    One of the main problems with re-signing Werth is that he is one of the top free agents on the market.

    Therefore, he will want a lot of money from who ever he signs with.

    Domonic Brown is young and will cost a lot less than Werth.  Because Brown would cost so little, the Phillies could use some of their money for something like bullpen help.

5. Werth's Fielding

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 23:  Jayson Werth #28 of the Philadelphia Phillies chases down a foul ball against the San Francisco Giants in Game Six of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 23, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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    Another reason that Werth is a better player than Domonic Brown is his fielding.  He is a great fielder and throws out many runners.  Brown is young and has made some mistakes, like misjudged fly balls and wild throws.

6. Werth's Clutch Hitting in the Postseason

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    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 23:  Jayson Werth #28 of the Philadelphia Phillies connects for a first inning sacrifice fly against the San Francisco Giants in Game Six of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 23, 2010 in Philadel
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    Although Werth was very bad this year with runners on base, he showed lots of skill at hitting in the clutch in the postseason.

    The Phillies have won their division for four straight years, so it is likely that they will make it again.  Because of this, they especially want players who can hit well under pressure in the postseason. 

7. Werth Is Right-Handed

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 21:  Jayson Werth #28 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a solo homerun off Ramon Ramirez #52 of the San Francisco Giants in the ninth inning of Game Five of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park on October 21, 2010 in
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    One of the main problems in the Phillies' lineup is that they have too few right-handed batters.  Werth is one of their right-handed batters, and Brown is left-handed.  This could strongly weaken the Phillies' lineup.

Who's Better For The Philadelphia Phillies?

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    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 21:  Jayson Werth #28 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with teammates after defeating the San Francisco Giants 4-2 in Game Five of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park on October 21, 2010 in San Francisco, Cali
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    Those are the facts.  Now I want to know your opinion.  

    Who do you think is a better player?

    Is Werth worth it?

    Will Dynamic Domonic dominate?

    Which one deserves the spot more?

    Who do you think would be better for the Phillies?

    And anything else you have to say.