He worked his way to becoming the top prospect in the Phillies farm system but after two injury filled years between Triple-A Lehigh Valley and the Major Leagues, people began to question what kind of player Brown would actually become. His sometimes "hot dog" style along with his propensity for injury really raised doubts about whether or not a team could be built around the talented prospect.
That question has seemingly been answer this year - his first full season in the majors.
Brown, who turned 26 at the beginning of the month, is batting .272/.318/.509 with 27 home runs and 81 RBIs in 127 games this season - 71 more games than he has played in each of the last two seasons with the Phillies. He was even selected to his first All-Star Game back in July.
It seems like things have finally clicked. After missing two weeks due to an Achilles tendon injury, Brown came back to the Phillies starting lineup on Sunday only to, as he put it, "get their ass whooped" by the Nationals.
How would be respond?
In the third inning of Monday night's 12-2 win over the Marlins, Brown, who stands 6'5" 205 lbs., came running home from second on a Cody Asche single to right but was beaten by the throw. How did the player still in the recovery stages of an Achilles injury respond? Naturally, he ran over catcher Jeff Mathis to jar the ball loose and score the Phillies' fifth run of the game.
It's situations like the one presented Monday night that give you a glimpse of the type of competitor a player truly is. The Phillies entered the night at 70-80, eliminated from playoff contention, were already winning 4-0, and Brown was recovering from injury yet he still put it all on the line to score.
You have to love that. It looks like Domonic Brown has arrived.
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