Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 11/18/14
The Philadelphia Phillies head into the 2013 hoping to rebound from what was a miserable 2012 campaign, for the most part. Not even their strong run down the stretch could save them from finishing third in the division. But with a couple of tweaks and an apparently healthy roster, they could be ready to make some noise. Much of what the Phils can achieve this year will depend on what sort of production they can get from their outfield. They have a brand new trio out there consisting of prospect (who's not actually a prospect anymore) Domonic Brown, Ben Revere, and Delmon Young.  Revere is going to be a fun player to watch for the Phillies and will bring an excellent glove to the table. Young is a total wild card, but there's a reason many people did not like the signing. Domonic Brown is going to be the player to watch for the Phillies. Heading into the new season, he is the x-factor for this club. Brown, who is still sort of a prospect, has been a player the Phillies have been waiting a long time for. One could say that this year is his last chance to prove himself as a valuable asset for this club moving forward. He hasn't lived up to expectations so far. But he also hasn't gotten a true opportunity to make an impact. He hasn't appeared in more than 56 games in either of the past two seasons. In fact, his numbers from 2011 and 2012 are nearly identical. In 2012, he hit just .235, with a .316 on-base percentage, and five home runs. The Phils are obviously looking for more production from the 25-year-old. He also left quite a bit to be desired with the glove. Coming into the new season, Brown has an opportunity to grab a great chunk of ABs that he hasn't had before. He's the favorite for the starting job in left. Outside of Brown, there aren't a lot of inspiring options, unless you count prospect Darin Ruf, who has just 12 games of big league experience to his credit. Domonic Brown was once looked at as a future superstar. Now he's fighting for a starting gig. He seems to have his head on straight, which is a step in the right direction. If he can maintain an average somewhere up around .265-.270, hit 15-18 home runs, and knock in 60 or so runs, he could be in very good shape moving forward. A season like that would go a long way towards helping the Phils prepare for the future, while competing for the present. Obviously, those aren't eye-popping numbers, but it would be a big step in the right direction after struggling mightily in the past two years. If Brown flops and ends up being shipped out, that's one less piece that the Phillies have as a potential building block for the future. Which leaves them in even more trouble once this current core completely breaks down. The 2013 season is an extremely important one for Brown, not only for his future with the Phillies, but for the future of the organization as well. Phillies on TOC End of Season Postmortem 2013 Season Preview You May Say I'm a Dreamer 2013 Burning Question This Is My Nightmare X-Factor Top Ten Prospects (4:30 PM) [follow]
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Lovie Smith denies Bucs tanked to secure #1 pick in 2015 Draft

Report: Jets will fire Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik on Monday

Braxton Miller has 'expressed interest' in Duke transfer?

Jim Harbaugh, 49ers mutually part ways

Mike Wallace benched for disciplinary reasons

Browns owner sends stern message to Johnny Manziel

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Ray Allen is leaning toward retirement

Ravens clinch playoff spot

DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant set Cowboys records in win

Report: Browns feel Josh Gordon 'has to go'

Jets contacted Rex Ryan's agent about replacements for him

Justin Gilbert inactive after being late to team meeting

10 takeaways from NFL Week 17

WATCH: Mike Tomlin goes after Reggie Nelson after game

WATCH: Ndamukong Suh steps on Aaron Rodgers

Nation's top recruit says he won't follow Jim Harbaugh

Eric Decker's wife was concerned about hubby's groin

WATCH: Lamar Miller has longest run in Dolphins history

WATCH: Pats fans serenade Pete Frates with 'Happy Birthday'

Harbaugh rumors affecting Mich. basketball ticket prices?

WATCH: Dez Bryant burns Redskins defender for TD

Detroit bar offering free food, booze if Lions beat Packers

Jameis Winston: I would throw in Richard Sherman's direction

WATCH: Nebraska safety pukes on field, keeps playing

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

WATCH: Suh steps on Aaron Rodgers

Browns owner sends message to Manziel

Ray Allen leaning toward retirement?

Ravens clinch playoff spot

Murray, Bryant set team records

Pats fans serenade Pete Frates

Browns to part ways with Josh Gordon?

Manziel was late after throwing party?

Amari Cooper not a fan of New Orleans

Harbaugh to Mich. is done deal

WATCH: Jennifer Lawrence supports Louisville with chant

Did Bielema do ‘Horns Down’?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.