Domonic Brown is showing why the Phillies did not want to trade him. Brown went 3-3 with two home runs and four runs batted against the Tigers. This hasn’t been the first sighting of Brown’s obvious talents. Brown hit .417 with two home runs and eight RBIs during Grapefruit League play this spring. It’s obvious that Brown is going to be a star one day. His fielding skills are also very impressive. He made diving catches and has thrown runners out at the plate. He is an all-around great athlete and will have a spot on this Phillies roster when it is his time. Unfortunately for Brown, his time is not now. He was sent down to the minor league camp after the game. This move was expected because Brown still needs time to learn all he can. Since Jayson Werth is an upcoming free agent, it’s nice to know that the Phillies have outfield depth in the organization. John Mayberry Jr., Brown, and Anthony Gose highlight the farm system. All three could be starting outfielders one day.
The Phillies did manage to beat the Detroit Tigers 6-1. Overshadowed by Domonic Brown’s spectactular performance, was Cole Hamels turning in another impressive outing. Hamels allowed only two hits and one unearned run in five innings against the Tigers. He is carrying a 1.69 ERA through Grapefruit League play so far this spring. Hamels’ improvement is truly remarkable, but was somewhat expected. That is why Ruben Amaro Jr. felt comfortable trading away Cliff Lee to replenish the farm system. Hamels has front of the rotation stuff and I believe he will excel this year. I think he has grown up and learned a lot about how he carried himself last season. The Phillies should have a great year with Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels anchoring the top of their rotation.