The Dom Brown Era Begins

Baseball long has been ready for Domonic Brown. Is he ready for the show? (Photo: Getty Images)

It’s always tough when a player of Shane Victorino’s caliber gets placed on the DL. But the sting of losing another top-of-the-order bat gets eased with the call-up of a prospect like Domonic Brown. Yes, folks, Dom Brown is officially a Philadelphia Phillie and he will be in tonight’s line up wearing #9. Ruben Amaro stated that the only way Brown will get called up is if he will play every day. Now is the time to see what he’s made of. He’ll bat in the sixth spot where Raul Ibanez usually is to protect Jayson Werth.

The left-handed hitting phenom is enjoying a nice minor league season in which he has brought anticipation out the wazoo to Phils fans. He has 20 homers, 68 RBIs, a .327 batting average, and 17 stolen bases in 93 games.

What’s hysterical is that Mike Meech of the Fightins.com jokingly released a tweet that blew up on Twitter saying Brown got scratched from Lehigh’s line up. Well it was merely a prediction to today’s call-up.

Brown was drafted in the 20th round of the 2006 draft. Now 22, Brown is ranked as the 15th best prospect in the majors according to Baseball America in 2010. After starting the season with Reading and tearing it up there, he was promoted to Lehigh where he only played in 28 games. But what he did in those 28 games was impressive as he batted .346 while hitting five homers and driving in 21 runs.

Brown’s call-up was a tough decision to make. David Brown of Big League Stew explains:

“When (Lehigh manager Dave Huppert) refers to starting Brown’s “clock,” he meant the Phillies don’t want to waste a moment when they control how much money Brown makes. The sooner Brown comes up, the sooner and more easily he qualifies for arbitration and free agency — statuses that escalate players salaries.”

Victorino’s injury came in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game when he was routinely catching a fly ball and came up sore after making the grab. He has a strained left oblique and will miss some significant time.

So today starts the beginning of the Dom Brown era. Phils fans are only an hour away from seeing what one of the league’s top prospects is capable of.

Let the Dom-ination begin.

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