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Philadelphia Phillies MLB News - Phillies Baseball Blog » The Philadelphia Phillies will give Dominic Brown his big chance when he gets healthy

The Philadelphia Phillies will give Dominic Brown his big chance when he gets healthy

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Positional Previews for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 9 March 2011 at 5:54 pm

23-year old lefty swinging Domonic Brown is going to miss a while due to a broken hand, but when he returns the Phillies are going to give him his big chance. Brown comes into this season as the Phillies’ #1 overall prospect according to Baseball America. Brown played in 35 games for the Phillies last season and he was 13 of 62 (.210 avg, .612 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 2 homers, 13 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. But, Brown also whiffed 24 times last season with the Phillies as major league pitchers were very, very tough on him. Brown also played in 93 games in AA+AAA-ball last season and he was 112 of 343 (.327 avg, .980 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 20 homers, 68 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. Brown played in 15 games in RF last season for the Phillies and he had 1 assist and 1 error while showing excellent range. Brown has a big time upside but he will need to make some adjustments to major league pitching if he’s going to truly excel in the show.

29-year old righty swinging Ben Francisco will either be the full time starting RF until Brown returns, or he will be part of a platoon. Francisco played in 88 games for the Phillies last season and he was 48 of 179 (.268 avg, .768 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 6 homers, 28 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Francisco didn’t make any errors in 20 games in RF for the Phillies last season and he showed good range out there. Francisco is going to have a good year for the Phillies in 2011, bank on it.

34-year old lefty swinging Ross Gload could work his way into a platoon in RF while Dominic Brown is out of action. Gload played in 94 games for the Phillies last season and he was 36 of 128 (.281 avg, .813 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 6 homers, 22 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Gload made 1 error in 7 games in RF last season while showing average range. Gload is so valuable off the bench as a pinch hitter that the Phillies might not want to use him too much in the field.

27-year old right swinging John Mayberry could work his way into some P.T. in RF in 2011. Mayberry played in 11 games for the Phillies last season and he was 4 of 12 (.333 avg, 1.218 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 2 homers and 6 RBIs. He also played in 128 games in AAA-ball last season in which he was 132 of 495 (.267 avg, .740 OPS) with 75 runs scored, 15 homers, 65 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Mayberry is a decent defensive outfielder as he can handle any of the spots.

28-year old switch hitting Delwyn Young played in 110 games for the Pirates last season and he was 45 of 191 (.236 avg, .700 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 7 homers, 28 RBIs and 1 stolen base. In his first five years in the majors, Young has a .258 career batting average with a .709 OPS, so look for his bat to bounce back a little bit in 2011. Young only had 1 error in 21 games in RF last season with 2 assists while showing pretty poor range. Young is also a decent pinch hitter which might also help him make the Phillies out of Spring Training.

27-year old lefty swinging Brandon Moss is also in Spring Training trying to win a job with the Phillies. He played in 17 games for the Pirates last season and he was 4 of 26 (.154 avg, .377 OPS) with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Moss has played in parts of four years in the majors and he is a career .238 with a .688 OPS, so he has some things to work on to improve as a hitter. Moss also played in 136 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 133 of 500 (.266 avg, .800 OPS) with 73 runs scored, 22 homers, 96 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Moss is a longshot to make the Phillies when the 2011 season starts.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE PHILLIES RF IN 2011: C-

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