Originally written on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley wrote today of the Phillies optimum use of Domonic Brown: either give him 600 PA or trade him before he either loses his trade value or he becomes too expensive through the arbitration process. Brown, who has only 492 MLB PA, less than a full year’s worth, is entering his age 25 season with what appears to be the inside track on the starting right field job but is now suddenly surrounded by whispers of a double-platoon. In Baer’s piece, he illustrates that Brown’s small Major League samples are about as statistically insignificant is you can get. For fun, and because his PA sample didn’t require me to do too much crazy math to find players with similar PAs, I looked at other players who were not initially shown a vote of confidence by Phillies management and Kevin Stocker, a pseudo-emergency call-up in 1993. The graph above isn’t meant to indicate that Brown is or can be as good as Mike Schmidt, Chase Utley, or, heck, even Stocker. But it does help...
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