Delmon Young began his major league career with the Rays. Young was an August call-up in 2006 but saw his first significant playing time in 2007, when he played in all 162 games. He struggled early in that season and was allowed to. The Rays were a subpar team, and Young was given room to grow and time to work out his kinks. “I was in a different situation where I was batting .222 on May 13 and [Rays manager Joe] Maddon pulled me in the office and said, ‘You’re playing all 162, so don’t think you’re going to sit down,’ ” Young said. “So I had that going for me.” That leeway is something Young’s teammate Domonic Brown was never really afforded. Young and Brown had similar arcs to the majors. Young had expectations on him from Day One as a top pick. Brown ascended to No. 1 overall prospect in baseball in 2010, four years after he was drafted in the 20th round. Brown was as blue chip as they come, a five-tool outfielder with plenty of pop in his left-handed bat. At 6 foot 5, he’s built more like a wide receiver than a baseball player. He had a scholarship offer to play receiver at Miami (Fla.) out of high school but turned that down to enter the Phillies’ farm system. Three years after he topped prospect lists, Brown finally may be living up to the billing – so it seems. Entering Saturday, Brown was hitting .382 in his last nine games. He hit three home runs, drove in eight runs and posted a 1.095 OPS in that span.
Domonic Brown starting to rise to expectations
Delaware Online | May 5