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Brown looks poised for a break out second half
I could have gone a few different ways with this last slide. I could point out how much, like Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins is a better player in the second half; how the Phils could acquire a new bat such as Juan Rivera or Michael Cuddyer to bolster the offense. Or how both Ibanez and Polanco have been ice cold and are due for hot streaks.
I even could have pointed out that over the last five years, the Phillies have been one of the best second-half teams in baseball.
Instead, I am going to talk about Domonic Brown. Some may see the .237 batting average and .318 OBP he is sporting and see him as a disappointment. Don't count me in that crowd. I see a rookie who is holding his own with an OPS of 100.
Sure being average is not what you are looking for out of a highly touted prospect, but we have to remember he is a rookie. The learning curve can be steep, and he is proving he belongs by showing great plate discipline and outperforming his fellow corner outfielders Ben Francisco and Raul Ibanez.
I also see a player who, had he been playing since day one, would be on pace to hit 20 HR this season and is fourth on the team in both SLG and OPS. Currently, he has been a bit of a victim of bad luck as his BABIP is unsustainably low at .241. Considering the average BABIP is around .300, one can reasonably assume that his has nowhere to go but up in the second half.
Currently, Brown has a .730 OPS. I am going to make the bold prediction that by end of the season, Brown will have at least 15 HR and his OPS will challenge the .800 mark. He will be the final missing piece that the offense has been missing thus far this year.