Dominic Brown was once among the top prospects in baseball and one that turned into an All-Star in 2013, but on Monday the Philadelphia Phillies cut ties with the 28-year-old who has seen a precipitous fall from those days.
The outfielder was removed from the Phillies' 40-man roster after clearing waivers. He became a free agent and the latest casualty of a massive rebuilding process for the Phillies.
Here is what Phillies interim GM Scott Proefrock told CSN Philly about the move:
“Things just didn’t work out. We saw his potential when he made the All-Star team in 2013, but various injuries kept him from getting back to that point and it just became time for us to go our separate ways. We felt he wasn’t going to be a fit long term."
Brown leaves the Phillies just two years after making an All-Star team and six years after debuting as one of the most heralded top prospects in the game. In 2013 he clubbed 27 homers and held an .818 OPS. In the two years since, however, he has hit just .233 with a .634 OPS.
After 2013 it looked like he was one of the few pieces on the Phillies worth keeping as they began to trade off their expensive veterans. But, as Proefrock explained above, injuries significantly affected his play the last two seasons.
Brown will definitely get some interest this offseason, but perhaps for a minor league deal. He still has some intriguing potential given his 2013 season and the fact he's only 28 years old.