Back in 1996, the Kansas City Royals selected Dee Brown in the first round (14th overall) out of high school in New York. I saw him when he reached High-A Wilmington in 1998 (and then 1999) and he quickly became one of my favorite players (needless to say I was thrilled when he was called up in the middle of September in 1998). It was obvious when watching him play that he was a pure athlete and had all the tools.
Brown made brief appearances in the big leagues in 1999 and 2000 after solid seasons in the minors. There was a blip in 2000 with Triple-A Omaha that had him suspended. He spent most of 2001 in the big leagues with the Royals. However, most of his career was back-and-forth between the big leagues and the minors.
Brown went to Washington and the NY Yankees in 2005, before returning to the Royals in 2006. In 2007, he bounced between Arizona and Oakland, which is where he saw his last big league game with the A’s (just eight games).
In 2008, Brown played in 130 games in Triple-A with the LA Angels and then 121 games (.290 average) in Triple-A with the LA Dodgers. He went to Japan in 2010 (118 games) and 2011 (21 games) for Seibu before calling it a career.
Many wonder if he was rushed to the big leagues (which was something the Royals did frequently during that time period). Many who watched him play and succeed in the minors wonder why he could not translate some of those numbers to the big leagues. Maybe it was lack of confidence or just plain luck?
While still playing, Brown was a real estate investor/private lender (since 2004). According to his Linkedin profile, he became owner of Sedgwick McIntosh Lending, LLC in September of 2012 (trust deed investor that helps athletes). He became President of Brown Investment Group, Inc in April of 2013. He is working in the Memphis area.
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