Brown promoted to Triple-A
The NL Rookie of the Year competition should be fun. But all of those guys breaking in now might mean an easier path to the 2011 ROY trophy for the Phillies' top minor leaguer next summer.
As first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies top prospect is one step closer to the major leagues: outfielder Domonic Brown was promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley Friday.
The 22-year-old Brown has had a whale of a half season at Double-A. In 65 games, Brown his .318 with 15 home runs and 47 RBIs. He was also 12-for-18 in stole base attempts.
Brown received a similar promotion in the middle of last summer, spending half a season at Class A Clearwater before being sent to Double-A Reading.
"There wasn't any set time table, but I don't think there any question we wanted him to play along enough to get his feet on the ground and show he can handle that level on a consistent basis, which he did," said Phillies assistant GM Chuck LaMar.
LaMar said Brown is expected to join Lehigh Valley tonight in Durham. Brown's home debut at Coca Cola Stadium would come Tuesday, when the IronPigs host Rochester.
"I think what has impressed us the most is the way he's gone about business," LaMar said. "He was up in major league camp (in spring training) and sometimes that can affect a young man; but he played extremely hard in every opportunity he got in major league camp.
"Sometimes a guy can have a transition period after being sent out of major league camp, and he had none of that. He came to minor league camp knowing he still had work to do, knowing he was still a prospect with a lot to prove.
"He went to work form Day One after being sent down and continued that thought process going into the Double-A season."
When asked about a possible September call-up to the big leagues for Brown, LaMar said the organization hasn't discussed that yet. Which means he didn't say it will happen - but he didn't rule it out, either.
Brown, who turns 23 in September, will join fellow Phillies propsect Jarred Cosart, a 20-year-old right-handed pitcher, at the Futures All-Star Game in Anaheim next month.