Futures Game wrap: Brown developing 

July, 12, 2010
The Phillies were reluctant to part with outfield prospect Domonic Brown in a deal for Roy Halladay at the trade deadline last year, and wound up getting Cliff Lee instead without having to part with Brown. (Of course, they eventually wound up with Halladay too, but that's a different story.)

Given the way Brown's offensive production has exploded this season, it's easy to see why the team was so hesitant to part with him. The 22-year-old outfielder hit .318 with 15 homers, 12 steals and a .993 OPS in 65 games at Double-A before being promoted recently. He hasn't missed a beat at Triple-A, hitting .364 with four homers in his first 15 games there.

Domonic Brown
Gary A. Vasquez/US PresswireLanky Domonic Brown has great all-around fantasy potential.
Obviously he was one of the key players I wanted to see in person Sunday in the Futures Game; I wanted to see how much he had developed since I saw him extensively during the 2009 Arizona Fall League. At that time, his tools, athleticism and raw ability were obvious, yet so was the fact at times he looked a little awkward and uncoordinated both at the plate and in the field, partially because Brown wasn't a full-time baseball player until he turned pro in 2006. It wasn't difficult to project him eventually turning those tools into better baseball skills and smoothing out the rough edges in his game in order to become an impact player. It was just a question of when. Let me put it this way: This wasn't a Reggie Abercrombie/Charlton Jimerson type, a talent with immense tools who just wouldn't be able to hit.