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Domonic Brown is like a longtime girlfriend; you really really like him, but you’re just not ready for marriage yet.
In 54 games this season, Brown is batting .246 with 45 hits, five home runs, and 19 RBI.
These numbers are a far stretch from his .348 average while at triple-A Lehigh Valley.
However, he seems to be in good company.
Remember what Chase Utley’s average was during his rookie season?
Mike Schmidt’s rookie average?
Jim Thome’s average through his first two seasons?
And Brown was even batting .296 in the month of July.
With less than 48 hours to go until the trade deadline, Brown’s name started to surface as part of a potential three-team deal in order to acquire outfielder Hunter Pence from the Houston Astros.
It turns out Brown did leave the Phillies prior to the deadline.
He was sent back down to triple-A in order to play every day in left field, as Pence is slotted to be the team’s right fielder for the near future.
However, this demotion in no way means that the Phillies have given up on their former top prospect. In fact, the move to left field means that he is a vital part of their future.
As long as he continues to improve.
His 25 walks this season provide evidence that his eye at the plate is improving.
However, his defensive skills are what need the most work. Playing left field every day in triple-A gives Brown the opportunity to replace Raul Ibanez, who is in the last year of his contract, while taking the 24-year-old out of the spotlight for the time being.
Brown is not done contributing to the team this season, as he will be back in Philadelphia as a September call-up.
He has made it through three seasons of hearing his name mentioned in trade rumors, and was already called up to the majors this season less than 24 hours after general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. said he would not be promoted.
Brown will be back this season and, just like in the past, he’ll be just fine.