Many people might say that Brown is just on a hot streak and this can’t continue for long. But he’s proving to be one of the only consistent hitters in the Phillies’ lineup.
If you look at Brown’s production this season, he has 19 home runs, 47 RBI, and is batting .289. These numbers are ridiculous and have garnered him being named NL Player of the Week in the last two weeks of May. Then Brown was named NL Player of the Month for May. Even with those accolades, Brown is still not being voted into the All-Star game.
As of June 4th, as the first All-Star ballots came through, Domonic Brown was not even in the top 15 in vote-getters for outfielders. Looking at the top three outfielders in voting, it goes Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton who is having a ridiculous season since arriving via trade this past offseason from Arizona, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper who is now injured but has helped keep the Nationals afloat as they have been going through injuries, and finally Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun who is having a decent season despite biogenesis rumors flying around him.
In terms of these three outfielders, the only person I think Brown should replace is Braun. Milwaukee is a horrible team this year but each team is represented in the All-Star game in some facet. Yes Braun’s batting average is good, coming in at .304, but Brown has 10 more home runs and 11 more RBI than him.
Rounding out the top 10 is St.Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran, Cincinnati Reds outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, San Francisco Giants outfielder Angel Pagan, St.Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday, and Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.
Now taking a look at the next six outfielders in this list, Brown should be getting some votes in comparison to these guys. First let’s take a look at former Phillie Hunter Pence, who has almost put up similar numbers compared to Brown. This season Pence has 10 home runs and 31 RBI with a .291 batting average but he only has one walk on the season (Brown has just three, so no significant upgrade there). The reason I would give the nod to Brown over Pence is because Brown has a higher slugging percentage and OPS. Brown’s slugging percentage is .596 while Pence’s is .504 and his OPS is .926 while Pence’s is .840. You can’t tell me Brown shouldn’t get at least the same amount of votes as Pence.
I’m not going to compare Brown to Shin-Soo Choo because Choo is having a career year with the Reds and he is well deserving of a spot on the team. San Francisco Giants outfielder Angel Pagan has received 572,400 votes and I don’t understand why because his numbers don’t stand a chance to the other outfielders on the list, including Brown. Pagan has been battling injuries this season and is only batting .262 with three home runs and 14 RBI, but you’re telling me he has almost 600,000 votes while Brown can’t get any?
Finally, the last outfielder who I think Brown should be getting more all-star consideration than is Matt Holliday. Holliday’s numbers are pedestrian at best. Holliday is batting .264 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI, has a lower slugging percentage and OPS than Brown, but still has received almost 500,000 votes.
With Domonic Brown continuing his remarkable season it will be interesting to see if fans start taking notice and vote for the young outfielder. He is the future, and the future is now, especially in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Brown should be an All-Star because so far this season he has been the best player in Philadelphia.