Over the All-Star break, we'll be highlighting some of the players who've overperformed or underperformed their projections during the first half by imagining what we might write about them if the Baseball Prospectus annual were updated today.
The Phillies popped the highly tooled but questionably skilled Brown in the 20th round of the 2006 draft, when he was coming out of high school, and in a few short years, he became one of the premier talents in the minors. The majors proved to be more difficult for the 6'5" outfielder, as the failure to adjust and play to his potential earned him a bust label that was premature given the limited professional sample. After a poor 2012 campaign, Brown appeared to be a good candidate for a change of scenery, but the Phillies held true to their player and he rewarded that belief with an All-Star-level first half in 2013, showing serious game power and run-producing prowess. Brown will still have adjustments to make to improve his all-around game, but the former top prospect has finally yielded some major-league fruit, and the ceiling is still over his head. —Jason Parks