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Ruben Amaro is really starting to make the Phillies sound like the Philadelphia Eagles with the way he is handling his business lately.
Ruben Amaro stated that Domonic Brown would not be called up because he needed more at-bats in the minors. The next day? Domonic Brown was called up. Makes sense...I think.Brown is the fourth-ranked prospect in the entire minor-league system by Baseball America. He has been the Phillies top prospect for years now.
The Phillies think so highly of Brown that they refused to include him in any deals for Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay or Roy Oswalt.The time has come to let Brown take his lumps in the majors. No one is expecting the kid to tear the cover off the ball right away (wouldn't mind if he did) and he doesn't need to.
Raul Ibanez is showing that he is pretty much finished and Ben Francisco has proven that he is nothing more than a fourth or fifth outfielder at best.
The Phillies pitching will continue to keep them in games and their current offensive lineup has been putting up dreadful numbers for the past 20 games. Do we really expect this to change, or will this current lineup continue to put up five hits per game?
Brown will provide another left-handed power bat into the lineup and an immediate spark to this team. Brown had gone 37 for 107, a .346 bating average, with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs before being called up.
Some pundits have pointed out that if Brown struggles at the plate, there will be intense scrutiny on him from the fans and the media. I beg to differ. Philadelphia is nothing but excited that Brown is here and they would rather watch Brown strikeout than Ben Francisco or Raul Ibanez. We have seen that enough.
How will Brown ever be major-league ready without facing major-league talent? Brown has destroyed minor-league pitching for long enough. Give the kid a shot and see what he can do. Worst comes to worst, we can always put back in Benny Fran (cough.)
Chew on this National League: How athletic is Dom Brown? The kid is only 23 and he had a full scholarship to play football at the University of Miami.