Domonic Brown on Borrowed Time with the Philadelphia Phillies

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIMarch 4, 2011

CLEARWATER, FL - FEBRUARY 22:  Domonic Brown #9 of the Philadelphia Phillies poses for a photo during Spring Training Media Photo Day at Bright House Networks Field on February 22, 2011 in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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If Domonic Brown is going to win the starting right fielder job for the Philadelphia Phillies out of spring training, he is going to need to start figuring things out at the plate.

After another 0-for-3 performance against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, Brown is now 0-for-15 this spring training with a whopping nine strikeouts. He looks completely lost at the plate.

I would say the main reason for his struggles is the fact that he is screwing around with his batting stance. Throughout his career, Brown has always held his hands above his head. Now, Phillies’ hitting coach Greg Gross has convinced Brown to lower his hands in the batter’s box, and the results obviously haven’t been pretty so far.

There is no point in panicking just five games into spring training if you are a Phillies fan, but Brown’s new stance is just not working. I had the opportunity to watch Brown against the Detroit Tigers as well as the New York Yankees and he couldn’t even catch up to average fastballs right down the middle.

He looked tentative and uncomfortable.

I understand Rome was not built in a day, but if Brown doesn’t start showing that his new stance is working, I would imagine that the Phillies will have him go back to his old stance and take their chances.

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