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Domonic Brown: Why His Injury Benefits the Phillies

Domonic Brown recently was injured in a spring training game. Ben Francisco will likely start in right field to open the season.
Domonic Brown recently was injured in a spring training game. Ben Francisco will likely start in right field to open the season.Hunter Martin/Getty Images
Drew MillerContributor IIMarch 7, 2011

Domonic Brown is the tenth best prospect in the majors according the ESPN.com's analyst Keith Law. Recently, Brown fractured his hamate bone in his hand. Surgery will be required, and he will have to miss 4-6 weeks.

This is a blessing for the Phillies. It is never a good thing when a player gets injured, but this injury is not necessarily a bad thing. Ben Francisco is in line for the starting right field job.

Before the injury, Brown and Francisco were battling for the right field starting position. Brown had a very unimpressive spring before injuring himself, batting an abysmal .063.

Francisco on the other hand has batted .364 and has a .417 on base percentage. He also has an .818 slugging percentage.

No, an .818 slugging percentage is not exaggeration!

Francisco is a tested veteran who has had success in a bench role with the Phillies. Brown on the other hand, has very little MLB experience.

Last season in a bench role as a September call-up, Brown hit .212 with 2 home runs.

There is way too much pressure as a highly touted prospect, filling in for Jayson Werth, on a team with the highest expectations in baseball.

Time in the minors will benefit Brown, who needs to get his swing straight. The Phillies staff has been toying with Domonic's swing and his hand placement on the bat.

Brown needs to find the way he is comfortable swinging the bat. With some work, Domonic Brown has the potential to be a great right fielder in the Major League.

Emphasis on WORK. Brown needs to work on his game and mature before he is ready to succeed in the majors. 

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