Domonic Brown, RF
BNH Prospect Rank: #6
MLB Comparison: Ellis Burks
Tabbed the top prospect in the minors on the midseason list of top baseball prospects Baseball America, Florida native Domonic Brown has consistently exceeded scouts expectations after being drafted in the 20th round in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft. Standing tall at 6’5” with a long and lean frame, Brown posted a .980 OPS in 2010, splitting time between Reading (AA) and Lehigh Valley (AAA).
Strengths (Batting, Raw Power, Athleticism)
For someone with such a tall frame, Brown has surprising footspeed and all-around athletic ability. He was planning on attending the University of Miami to play wide receiver before getting signed by the Phillies in 2007. He’s a five tool player with impressive strength in his core, legs and shoulders, and has a very storng arm in the outfield. His swing is more contact-oriented than power oriented, but he has plenty of raw power, and makes hard contact to all fields. Once he learns to better utilize his long limbs for leverage, he should be able to hit 25-30 homeruns annually.
Browns speed is also above-average to plus. His long legs allow him to glide into the gaps when playing center, and he can steal bases against defensive catchers. In the majors, he’ll probably better utilize his speed to take extra bases on hard hits, rather than using it to become a top base-stealing threat.
Overall, Brown’s package of tools should allow him to compete for a Gold Glove in the outfield, while also hitting near .300 and going 20-20 annually.
Weaknesses(Outfield Routes, Swing Mechanics)
While Brown’s speed and athleticism suits center field, and while his arm is legitimate weapon, he is prone to making mistakes on his routes to fly balls, and his age shows in his defensive game. These flaws are correctable with more coaching, and as he fills out, he should fit an outfield corner perfectly.
Brown’s bat speed and quick stroke allow him to wait on pitches and make hard contact consistently. However, his stance is prone to strikeouts, especially on same-side breaking pitches, and it doesn’t utilize his power potential fully.
Overall: Although he’s taller, Brown could play similarly to Ellis Burks or Brian Jordan. His defensive, power, and speed should make him one of the better former outfielders in the National League, and he will slide into Jason Werth’s spot in the Phillies outfield in 2011.