Think back to how the hometown nine finally overcame years of mediocrity and it's filled with cases where the Phillies decided to get out of their own way. So why are the Phillies sitting on Baseball America's No. 1 prospect in favor of a pair of left fielders batting .248/.331/.394 and .231/.288/.352? (Getty)
After banging out a whole run for the second time in two nights, the Phillies, losers of four-straight and six-of-their-last-seven, desperately need to implement real change to their stale and sagging lineup. For all this talk about netting a front-line starter, pitching isn't the real issue: it's the offense. Or, to be more precise, an offense that is so hard to watch that I no longer watch.
I’ve been hesitant to bang the drum for Domonic Brown until he experienced a little more Triple-A seasoning, but it’s become an open and shut case, primarily because of how the parent club has crumbled. Raul Ibanez, who was finished before the season even started, and Ben Francisco, who belongs on the bench and never in the three-hole, are essentially wasting lineup space at a position where the Phils should be garish about run production.
So here’s your offense, which doesn’t hit for average, steal bases or hit for power anymore. And here’s Brown, hitting .323/.385/.580 with 19 homers and 14 stolen bases. Forget about waiting to trade Jayson Werth. Forget about staying the course with the current model, hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with the likes of Francisco, Dobbs are Ransom. Give Brown a buzz, stick him in left and try to salvage the season if it isn’t already too late.Farm system rising: On a positive note, Beerleaguer’s senior correspondent received the latest copy of Baseball America and is happy to report some favorable news regarding the Phillies’ farm system. Brown, who appears on the cover, is indeed rated as the new No. 1 prospect in all of baseball. Among six players whose stocks are rising, two are Phillies: right-hander Jarred Cosart and first baseman Jon Singleton. Matt Rizzotti made the All-Surprise Team. And the Phillies system on the whole has rebounded after series of trades. John Manuel, who covers the Phils for BA and generally buys into their affinity for high-ceiling athletes, is particularly excited about the Lakewood class.