When Domonic Brown went down with a fractured hamate bone, there was a united grunt from Phillies’ fans. The young prospect has been inconsistent and the last thing he needed in his young and promising career was another injury. So instead of keeping Brown on the team, the Phillies made the choice to bump him back down to Triple-A.
This marks quite a few times that Brown has been put back into Triple-A since making his debut appearance with the Phillies last season. However, every time that he is put back into a lower level he dominates and makes it look like he is ready to step back into a full role on the Phillies. But once he get’s put back on the team, his turns inconsistent and his fielding is nothing more than average.
Seeing how the Phillies could have just kept Brown on the DL for a few weeks and not put him in Triple-A is not a good sign for the promising right fielder. This move by Philadelphia would give off the impression that Brown is going to be staying in Triple-A for much longer than just his recovery. This is a shame considering he is one of the top prospects in baseball, and one of the most promising in the Phillies organization.
I would predict that Brown will be back on the team by the end of the season, especially if Raul Ibanez does not pull out of his slump soon. The Phillies offense is lacking without Chase Utley in the lineup and Ibanez slumping, and Brown could be the answer later in the season.