Sep 15, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Domonic Brown (9) doubles in the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

What Domonic Brown Can Do for the Royals


Jul 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown (9) hits an RBI single during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The power bat. At this point, it has become the Royals version of Bigfoot or space aliens, something that people swear they have seen, but only exists in grainy footage. Allegedly, these beings existed in Kansas City before the turn of the century, but that seems doubtful based on recent history. Are we positive that ‘Steve Balboni‘ does not translate into ‘figment of the imagination’?

However, some of these specimens have been found in other locales, and several have become available on the open market. For the right price, the Royals could come away with the power bat of Mark Trumbo, but he offers absolutely nothing other than an ability to hit home runs. So, what about trying to find a player that can actually provide more than just one skill? That player may be available as the Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly made Domonic Brown available, asking for young pitching in return.

After two seasons of part time duty and the Phillies seemingly unable to fit him in the lineup, Brown broke through last season, hitting 27 home run while compiling a .272/.324/.494 batting line. Brown even displayed a bit of speed, stealing eight bases in eleven attempts while hitting four triples. Although his walk rate dropped last season, that may have been partly by design as Brown was aggressive early in the count, looking for pitches that were out over the plate and, more often than not, driving them with authority.

Defensively, while Domonic Brown has split his time between left and right field, he is not exactly proficient at either. In fact, he is a decidedly below average defensive player. Yet, he has a solid arm, having ranked third in the National League with nine assists from left. With Alex Gordon holding down left and Norichika Aoki able to play center, Brown could slot in right, giving the Royals one of the best fourth outfielders in the game with Lorenzo Cain.

At age 26 heading into the 2014 season, Brown may be just hitting his prime. He is also under team control until 2018, with another season before being eligible for arbitration. With the Phillies looking for controllable young pitchers, and the Royals having an excess of relievers as well as possible starters, there could be a trade to be made.

Domonic Brown could be that elusive power bat that would slot nicely in the midst of the Royals order. If the Royals are able to trade for him, maybe, just maybe, there will be actual evidence of a power hitter within the confines of Kauffman Stadium in modern times.

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  • cardsfanatik

    I love the idea Dave, but 27 HR’s in Philly probably translate to 20 at the K. And maybe he took a step forward, but maybe it was a fluke. But at this point I really don’t care, I am desperate for a power bat. Wonder which pitchers Philly would want in return? I would tell them to get bent if they are asking for Duffy, Ventura or Zimmer. So that probably rules it out anyway.

    • Dave Hill

      I’d be willing to move Duffy. I think he, one of the surplus outfielders and a reliever may be able to get him. All those options would be relatively cheap and under team control.

      With Duffy, i just don’t know that he’s going to be healthy and that he can be what the Royals envision. If the Phillies ask for Ventura or Zimmer, then I would hang up the phone. But I would listen on Duffy.

      • cardsfanatik

        Ya, I guess that wouldn’t be the worst thing. Duffy is a 5 inning guy anyway. Unless we trade him to Philly, then he will win Comeback Player of the Year, and the Cy-Young. But that is what it means to be a KC fan. That is our luck. But you do have to trade talent to get talent. I am with you though, I would probably take that gamble. Then hope that Ventura and Zimmer come out this SP throwing B.B’s for strikes, and put them in the rotation and say have at it.

      • jimfetterolf

        We don’t know if anyone is going to be healthy, but Duffy has finished his rehab and put up AAA and major league starts. Not sure I’m eager to unload a 98mph lefty with one good secondary pitch and who has had a few others in the past. If I’m Phillie I’ld certainly take Duffy for about anything they have as he has had a nice audition since rehab and has big league experience that has him well along the learning curve..

        Our excess is outfielders and relief pitchers. That is what I would trade from. If we feel the need to trade a pitcher, put Shields and Guthrie on the market, don’t trade the sustainable contention for years for the hope of a little improvement for one year or so. We don’t need more outfielders, we don’t need more pitchers, we may need a 3B and a 2B upgrade would be nice, but the team can live without it.

        • Dave Hill

          That’s the thing – I doubt the Phillies would want Shields or Guthrie based on what they are looking for. I certainly would not move Zimmer or Ventura, but I would consider Duffy. Of the three, he seems to be the most likely not to pan out, at least in my opinion.

          • jimfetterolf

            And I think he’s the most likely to be a top starter, as he’s already produced t the major league level, has monster stuff and proven he has the mental strength to face and beat Justin Verlander.

            As for Shields or Guthrie, that’s in general, not for Dom Brown. I’ld want prospects for the veterans and we already have too many outfielders. Looks like we may sign Infante, so need to unload some 40 man roster players for prospects. I’ld trade Shields for Duffy and a couple of minor leaguers today :)

          • Dave Hill

            If Infante signs, that is probably when the surplus of outfielders and relievers gets dealt. I think that the Royals could get some decent prospects for the arms they have.

            Would love to see Duffy prove me wrong, especially after all the injuries he has gone through, but hose injuries are what frightens me on him.

          • jimfetterolf

            Did you see the Blevins trade? Quality AA OF for a good, 29 year old LRP. Gives an idea of the market. I would have traded Collins for Burns I think, a Dyson with plate discipline.

          • Dave Hill

            I did. Great haul by Oakland for him. Can’t wait to see what Collins and/or Crow can bring back now.

  • Chad Woelk

    This guy is not worth giving up any of our young prospects. How about Davis and Collins but that is far as I go

  • moretrouble

    I don’t think Brown fits in the KC outfield at the present time. It’s a nice thought simply because he does have some power, but he’s got negatives, too.

  • Eric Akers

    I agree with the others here, I would rather pass on Brown. However, I was dreaming about our ability to get Cliff Lee (for only $25 million for each of the next three years that the new tv contract pays for!), maybe Duffy, Holland, and Davis. I don’t know if that would even come close, but we do have a lot of salary to take on.

  • Jordan Baker

    Honestly, I don’t think KC needs to look for an impact bat. I see Moose getting back to his old, productive self and hitting 15-20 HR, Billy and Hosmer having great seasons and seeing who can be the first to 30 HR, and Gordon being productive as always and hitting about 20 HR. I think they just need to to get another top of the rotation pitcher. And he doesn’t even need to be young with Duffy, Ventura, and Zimmer in the ranks for the next few years.