Tracy To DL, Corey Brown Gets The Call

 I'm sure you all saw Mark Zuckerman report this morning that Tracy is headed to the DL and Corey Brown was flown to Miami yesterday to take his place. Mark covered the news angle, so this is just a quick post on Brown statistically. 

Brown is currently in the midst of the best year of his minor league career with a slash line of .297/.399/.584. In short he's doing everything right at the plate: he's hitting for power + average and he's getting on base at just under a .400 clip. To give you some reference, he's getting on base more regularly than the two top Nats regulars in OBP: LaRoche and Harper. I was worried about him for quite a while this year as his strikeout percentage was drastically lower than his career number (26.7%), while that's a good thing at the plate it tends to be a stat that doesn't improve by 10%+ in a year. His strikeout percentage as he got the call was 18.8% and he was still producing at the plate. I see that number creeping up some more but I wouldn't be surprised to see it level out at about the 20-21.5% range. 

The jump from AAA to MLB is a big one, but I'm excited to see this kid at the Major League level and see if he can make the most of his limited opportunities and supplant either an existing bench spot or make his way into the lineup on a fairly regular basis while injuries abound.

Corey Brown Career Minor League
Year Age Lev G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2007 21 A- 59 256 213 31 57 18 4 11 48 5 3 37 77 .268 .379 .545 .924
2008 22 A-A+ 134 565 496 78 132 27 2 30 83 16 1 58 168 .266 .345 .510 .855
2008 22 A 85 351 300 44 81 18 2 14 49 12 0 41 96 .270 .359 .483 .843
2008 22 A+ 49 214 196 34 51 9 0 16 34 4 1 17 72 .260 .322 .551 .873
2009 23 AA 66 281 250 46 67 20 4 9 43 5 2 27 69 .268 .349 .488 .837
2010 24 AA-AAA 131 534 466 84 132 18 11 15 69 22 2 63 129 .283 .370 .466 .836
2010 24 AA 90 386 331 63 106 14 8 10 49 19 1 52 93 .320 .415 .502 .916
2010 24 AAA 41 148 135 21 26 4 3 5 20 3 1 11 36 .193 .253 .378 .631
2011 25 AAA 124 462 396 50 93 18 3 14 39 4 7 47 134 .235 .326 .402 .727
2012 26 AAA 48 218 185 41 55 9 4 12 30 6 3 31 41 .297 .399 .584 .983
6 Seasons   562 2316 2006 330 536 110 28 91 312 58 18 263 618 .267 .357 .486 .843
AAA (3 seasons) AAA 213 828 716 112 174 31 10 31 89 13 11 89 211 .243 .333 .444 .777
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/28/2012.

 

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