Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Phillies 2013 Review: Left Field

Today, I am going to review the Phillies Left Field position from 2013. Left field was one of the bright spots for the Phillies in 2013 because for the first time in his Major League career top prospect Domonic Brown showed the kind of potential that fans have hoped for. In 139 games, Brown slugged 27 home runs, 83 RBI and sported a .494 SLG%.

2013 was the first full season in which Domonic Brown was going to get a chance to play the outfield everyday. Before the season started Brown told reporters that all he needed was 500 at bats and he will show everyone what he could do.

April was a rather pedestrian month for Dom Brown. But Brown quickly got out of his early season struggles when he posted 12 home runs and 25 RBI in the month of May. Towards the end of May, Brown hit eight home runs over the span of seven days. After showing a huge display of power in May, Brown earned the honors of being the Player of the Month for May.

Brown had a successful month of June. His power numbers were not the same as May but not too many players have the ability to hit 12 home runs in a month at any point in their careers. Brown had an above average OBP at .347 and because he had another solid month of baseball a spot in the All-Star game was solidified.

In a game in St. Louis on July 23, Brown got a concussion after diving for a ball in left field. He would then miss the next the next 11 games. When Brown came back from his injury, he played well. Brown only hit three home runs in the month of August but he hit for aveage and got on base.

At the end of August in Chicago, Brown injured his Achilles' tendon and missed nine games. Brown came back and similar to August, Brown did not hit for power and did not hit any home runs. Brown did have a .356 OBP.

Overall, Brown had a productive 2013. The Phillies hope that Brown can grow from this season and become an even better player. Brown posted a 1.6 WAR, which is not tremendous but it is a good starting point for a player who just played his first full season in the big leagues. One thing that Brown needs to improve on is his fielding. Whether if it's in right or left field, Brown is too athletic to be making so many errors in the outfield. Hoepfully, Brown is more comfortable with the outfield position now that he has a full year under his belt. 

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