The man has certainly earned it. Domonic Brown has done more than enough to secure a starting spot in the Phillies outfield when they break camp and head to Atlanta on April 1. Not only has he flirted with .400 this spring, but his confidence might be at an all-time high.
“In my mind I don’t feel like a pitcher can have enough stuff to get me out,” Brown told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. “Even if they’re throwing 100 mph, I feel I can turn it around.”
If you don’t love those words from Brown then you have no soul. OK, maybe I shouldn’t go that far, however, if you aren’t impressed by everything pertaining to Brown this spring, then you must be part of the group that keeps spouting, “it’s only spring, it doesn’t mean anything.”
That rationale would normally hold some credence, but not now, not with Brown. We’ve been waiting to see this sort of play out of the former #1 overall player in the organization. So, if you’re not happy with what you’re seeing and hearing, you’ve given up on him. Many haven’t, myself included.
It’s clear Brown has lowered his hands and is swinging with authority. Not to mention, this is Brown’s first full Spring Training. In prior springs, he was either injured or wasn’t really part of the plans of the team going into the regular season. This year, Brown knew there is a starting spot staring at him, which he has all but secured.