Dominic Brown was not traded for Roy Halladay, of course, and today the Phillies promoted their top prospect (per Baseball America) to Double-A Reading. Assistant general manager Chuck LaMar said that the team was days away from promoting Brown before the outfielder broke a finger June 9 and missed more than a month.
“That was a tough break for him,” said LaMar. “But he’s healthy again and he made this promotion an easy decision.”
Brown was batting .303 in 66 games at Clearwater with 11 home runs, 44 runs batted, a .386 on-base percentage, and .517 slugging percentage. The Phillies were able to snagthe highly-regarded Brown in the 20th round of the 2006 amateur draft because he had committed to play wide receiver for the University of Miami.
LaMar drafted another two-sport star in 1999 while serving as general manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Carl Crawford. Crawford developed into an All-Star, though Lamar said that Brown showed baseball savvy earlier than Crawford.
“Absolutely, it took him longer,” said LaMar. “Carl would be the first one to admit that. Dominic has shown at every level that he can play the game of baseball, that he is a baseball player who just happens to be a good athlete.”
Two small updates in the developing saga of Six Starters is Too Many: J.A. Happ says he has heard nothing beyond that he will start on Wednesday. His preference is to remain in the rotation, but he'll do what they tell him to do, of course.
Also, Clifff Lee will make his Citizens Bank Park debut Thursday against Colorado.