A year ago today, Dominic Brown was a consensus top 10 prospect in Major League Baseball. Now the 24 year old is struggling to fit into the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
On Friday, the Phillies optioned Brown to Minor League camp. The outfielder has been hampered by injuries throughout the spring, and although he's hit just fine, he's shown he needs more work on defense.
"He's got some work to do there," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "We're not in the mode right now to develop guys at the Major League level, and he's a guy that needs to get to the point where we're comfortable with him in all phases of the game and then get him back to Philadelphia when he's ready to do that."
Brown, as you can imagine, wasn't thrilled with the decision.
Asked if playing in Triple-A will at least give him a clear mind, Brown said, "No, I wanted to be here, man. That's the goal, but things happen."