Domonic Brown is a highly touted prospect (Baseball America ranks: #48 in '09, #15 in '10, and #4 in '11) and will eventually be a productive MLB player. I stress eventually, because it appears the 23 year old is confused at the plate right now, taking called strike 3's and aimlessly flailing. Scouts have noted that his hands are in a different position during nearly every plate appearance. Couple that with the constant media scrutiny and burden of filling Werth's shoes and it's no wonder that he'd be feeling the pressure. Spring training stats are largely meaningless. Unless you're a rookie coming off a lackluster debut at the end of the season, a dreadful showing in winter ball, and an atrocious start to the spring (0-12, 8 K's). Brown might need to regain some confidence and get his mechanics back on track in Triple-A to start the year. I'm rooting for this kid, because the Phillies need to start getting younger and cheaper, and RF and Brown is the place to start.
The Phillies brass can downplay this injury all they want; the bottom line is Utley is not 100% and this is something that will likely linger having an adverse effect on his play/production. Utley has been trending downward over the past few seasons at the plate in terms of OPS, and he seems to be always banged up. He's an essential cog in the lineup that is needed to score runs, because no matter how great the pitching staff is they still need something to work with. Wilson Valdez might be great with the glove, but his bat is nothing compared to Chase's. A hobbled Utley could be the domino that starts the panic of the Phils playoff aspirations. I'm not trying to make a mountain out of a molehill, but the injury report for Utley has gone from a page of a notebook to a full-blown novel over the past few seasons and it's starting to frighten me.
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Halladay is awesome and so is that stuffed Chooch.