Domonic Brown's winter league campaign is over according to sources.
Brown, who appeared in just nine games and collected only two hits (.069), has reportedly left his Dominican Winter League team, Escogido. A Phillies spokesman told CSNPhilly.com Insider Jim Salisbury that the 23-year-old is healthy, but the team made the decision to bring Brown home because he was “tired and sluggish.” Brown's only two hits came on a late-swing opposite-field double and an infield hit to the shortstop. In 358 minor league plate appearances last season, Brown hit .327/.391/.589 with 20 homers and 17 stolen bases between Reading and Lehigh Valley before reaching Philadelphia in late 2010, where he hit .210/.257/.355 with a pair of homers.
Beerleaguer: The Phillies will look for Brown to get back on track in spring training where he shined a year ago and carried it into the season. It would be a mistake to think his stock has dropped. He hasn't seen regular playing time since August, yet he's been putting on a uniform and going through the day-to-day grind through the better part of a year. Many great players reach the Carribean, can't adapt and struggle. Futility isn't like him, so the decision was clear. As we advocated last week, the Phillies protected their prized goods by pulling the cord.