Domonic Brown has emerged this season

It's official! Domonic Brown is for real

6/4/13 in MLB   |   droth   |   127 respect

Before May 1, Domonic Brown was a prospect that hadn't really done much at the big league level.  He first came up a few years ago and was supposed to be a spark for a veteran-laden and perennially contending Phillies team.  He wasn't able to contribute right away, but clearly it was just a matter of time before things clicked for Brown.

Brown and the Phillies got off to a rocky start in 2013, but now he seems to be what the Philly fans hoped he would Jun 2, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown (9) runs the bases after hitting a three run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sportsbe.  Since May 1, he's been among the most effective power hitters in baseball and the 25 year old is currently leading the NL in home runs with 17, the same number as Miguel Cabrera, and is tied for fourth in RBI.

He was named the NL Player of the Month for May after hitting 12 long balls and knocking in 25 runs.  His batting average has climbed up to .291 and his .592 slugging percentage is fifth best in the majors.  And he's continued his hot streak into June, with seven hits, two homers, and six RBI in three games.

It's not all good for the Brown, though.  At 6'5", his swing has holes and he is too aggressive at the plate.  This combination has resulted in too many strikeouts and not nearly enough walks.  During his red hot May, he struck out 21 times in 109 at bats and did not draw a single walk.  If he is able to improve in that respect, then the sky is truly the limit for Brown.

The 25 year old was selected by the Phillies in 20th round of the 2006 draft out of Redan HS in Stone Mountain, GA (same high school as Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips). Brown wasn't a top-50 prospect until three years after being drafted and, heading into 2011, he had climbed up to the No. 4 spot in Baseball America's prospect rankings.  

Brown made his major league debut in 2010 and got 70 at bats.  He played in 56 games in each of the next two seasons before solidifying his spot on the roster this year.  He sure doesn't have to worry about going back down to the minors any more.
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6/4/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

His progression reminds me a bit of Alex Gordon. Took awhile to find his groove, but now he is a very exciting player.