Some baseball sites use this time to compile their "burning" questions. But on Beerleaguer, we cut through the fluff and report on only moderately important news, and by “report,” I mean not actually do any reporting.
First up: Domonic Brown, the focus of several centerpiece features yesterday that adopted one of two themes: the possibility that Brown could break camp with a spot on the team, or surveying his career based on 280 major league plate appearances to make the case that the 24-year-old top prospect from a year ago - in all the land, mind you - is something of a bust.
Welcome to Clearwater, where flights of fancy grow wings. One glimpse at the left-field landscape is all one needs to determine there’s no room for Brown, even if he lights up the Grapefruit League. John Mayberry is out of options. Laynce Nix signed a guaranteed deal. Ty Wigginton can play the corners. Juan Pierre was obviously brought in to round out the edges and add speed. Ruben Amaro has said as much, saying that Brown would ideally spend the entire season in Triple-A.
As for living up to the hype, the Phillies bear the brunt of responsibility for bringing him up too soon. If he spends the entire season in Triple-A, honing his baseball skills, in preparation for joining the mix next season, he’s on the Ryan Howard / Chase Utley timeline for arriving in his age 25 season.
Brown was a top story last spring. Today, he should be regarded as a non-issue.