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June 5, 2013

Fantasy Freestyle

Can (Domonic) Brown Do Enough for You?

by Jason Collette


In his last game in the month of April, Domonic Brown earned a walk. In his first game of June, Domonic Brown earned a walk. Brown did not earn a single walk in the month of May, but fantasy owners are not complaining. Brown won Player of the Month honors in the National League, as he hit .303 in the month with a .688 slugging percentage—an outburst very few saw coming.

It was not that long ago that some wondered if Brown could maintain success with the swing he brought to the major leagues. Harold Reynolds did an excellent job breaking down that swing in late 2011:

Not only has Brown fought through issues with his swing, he also fought through issues with leadership. When Brown was called up, Charlie Manuel and Ruben Amaro Jr. allotted him very little time to improve. Brown would be in and out of the lineup, in and out of Triple-A, and in and out of the doctor’s office after breaking his hamate bone in 2011. After returning from that injury, Brown had hit just 20 home runs in roughly 850 major- and minor-league plate appearances over the past two seasons.

Enter Wally Joyner.

Brown and Joyner clicked very quickly in camp this year; maybe coming from the same high school had something to do with that. Joyner reviewed the changes he made with Brown to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer in late February:

The changes were to Brown's hands, specifically, how he gripped the bat. At times, Brown would wrap his hands and wrists around the bat.

Brown's approach has never been an issue; his major-league walk rate is 10.4 percent, which is above the average of 8.2 percent. It's the power stroke that Brown has lacked in the majors.Joyner believes the recent tweaks could help.

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