Dominic Brown's future in the Major Leagues is bright. He's 6'5, has speed, quickness, baseball instincts, and is looked at as a "five-tool" player.
However, the Phillies need to recognize where Brown is at in his career before they throw him into a starting role, or should I say the lion's den.
Here's some reasons why Brown will start the season in the minors.
It takes a while for rookies to get used to playing in the Majors. Although Brown has gotten some playing time for the Phillies, his .210 average isn't convincing enough for him to make the roster at this point.
Plus, he's only 23 so he's got some time to blossom before he hits his true baseball prime.
Brown who's from a small town in Georgia, hasn't really faced the pressure you normally face in a sports town like Philadelphia.
He's young, so a year or two behind the scenes for Domonic could pan out for him.
Learning how to hit Major League pitching is a rare feat. Most guys who throw on a baseball uniform never figure out how to hit a Major League fastball.
Domonic could certainly work on his stroke a little more in the minors before heading to Philly. That's for sure.
Now I'm a young guy, but I do know a little bit about man strength. I hear it's strength that you get out of nowhere, in your 20's. Where was this in my 10's?
All jokes aside, Brown is a lengthy cat. He could use a few LB's before he hits the show.
After learning what it's like through interviews of what it's like to be a professional baseball player, I learned it's not as glorious as it seems. You are on the hustle and bustle 24/7.
Brown's been in the minors for a couple years now, but he got his first taste of big boy traveling just last year.
Maybe another year in the minors to make sure he can keep up with the rest of them is necessary for optimum success.
If you're baseball savvy, you know what it means to play right field. Let's face it, if you play in right, you know how to toss the rock around.
Brown has some big time shoes to fill after watching Werth make all of those tremendous outfield assists during his tenure in Philadelphia.
Domonic needs to understand the constant demand that comes with playing in right field. He could certainly work out the kinks and continue to polish his arm accuracy in the minors.
Guys like Brown don't come around everyday. Domonic's got a chance to be a special player. Special players aren't special just because of their physical skills in the game of baseball. They are leaders.
After Brown got a taste of a the Majors, I'm sure he learned a little from Utley and Howard and what it means to be a leader of a baseball team. If Brown could hone that part of his game, and come back a natural born leader in his own right, he could really prove to be the complete package.
There's huge expectations for Phillies players nowadays. They went from a nothing to a something and have continued to be a success story the last several seasons.
The guy who gets thrown in the lineup with Howard and Rollins and Victorino better know his role. Brown could value from a little more time spent in the minors, given that his primary position is no longer occupied by Werth.
Whoever fills in Werth's immediate shoes could be in for a brutal awakening.
I hate to say it but Ben Francisco is looking like the front runner for the starter come opening day. If that's the case, you have nowhere to put Domonic Brown.
If it's meant to be, Brown will eventually be the starter. For now, he's not going to take Raul or Shane's spot let's be honest.
There's simply no place to put him in the lineup unless you're going to start him at right.
When the time is right for Domonic Brown, his number will be called. Everything has led me to believe that this guy is the next big thing in Philly. If they push him too soon, he could be fall into the category of the "best that never was".
If I were the Phillies I would work Brown into the lineup very slowly. Like George Costanza once said: "He eased into it like an old man into a nice warm bath".
If the Phillies take their time with Brown, it will pay off.