Twenty days, 11 games and two trips around the pitching rotation have passed since the Phillies started training camp, and, outside of shaky fielding at times, nary a thing has gone disastrously wrong.
Yes, it’s been a different spring thus far for the Phillies. There hasn’t been injury updates for superstars every week. No sitting on chairs while taking ground balls. Outside of a quick spell of leadership questions, everything has been strangely boring. Which is a good thing.
So what have we learned?
• 1. Brown’s rise: Brown, the 25-year-old former super prospect, was one of the biggest question marks coming into this spring. Could he finally live up to his hype? Should the Phillies already have given up on him, shipping him out for something of value while Brown was still worth something?
Three weeks in, Brown is the clear-cut best candidate for a starting outfield job on Opening Day. He’s hitting .348 this spring, with three home runs, four RBIs and six walks.
He’s been more patient at the plate. He almost seems more collected, not intimidated anymore by the big-league atmosphere or the pressure of living up to expectations. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Brown has been a pleasant surprise.
“Domonic Brown has definitely showed a good stroke since we started playing games,” Manuel said.
Where do the Phillies stand?
Courier-Post | Mar 5