Several recent emailers have wondered about the relative anonymity that young outfielder Domonic Brown has been afforded this offseason. Last year at this time, the then-23-year-old top prospect was one of the top stories heading into spring training as he looked to compete for the right to replace Jayson Werth in right field. Brown had torn up every level of the minor leagues and was one of the top prospects in baseball according to Baseball America.
So what happened?
Well, not as much as you might think, at least according to the scouts and executives who talk to Baseball Prospectus minor league guru Kevin Goldstein. On this week's edition of the Philadelphia SportsWeek Podcast, Kevin tells us that Brown is still regarded as an immense talent with a big future by most talent evaluators around the game. Rich Hofmann, meanwhile, thinks the Phillies have to find a way to get Brown into their line-up. And I have a feeling that such a promotion will happen this season.
Kevin also fills us in on some under-the-radar prospects to watch and gives us the low-down on how the rest of baseball views the Phillies' farm system. We also chat with the Wall Street Journal's Mike Sielski and former Giants beat writer and current Daily News/SportsWeek writer Zach Berman about the key personnel differences between the Eagles and the Giants that have allowed New York to reach three Super Bowls since 2000. Are the Eagles built for regular season success but not postseason success? And vice-versa for the Giants?