Aaron Brown

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School: SCHOOL
Position: POSBats/Throws: B/T
Year Acquired by Phillies: YYYY
Height: X’ XX”Weight: XXX lbs
Options Remaining: X
Rule 5 Eligible: YYYY
MiLB Free Agency: YYYY

Stats: MiLB | B-Ref | Fangraphs | Baseball America | Baseball Prospectus | MLBFarm

Pre Draft:

Coming into the draft there were split opinions about whether Brown had more upside as a pitcher or hitter, but both routes profile him to go in 3rd-4th round. On the mound he brings a fastball at 89-91 that touches up to 93, and he matches that with a plus slider and average changeup. In the field he is currently a center fielder, but scouts think he profiles best in right field where he adds a cannon for a left arm. At the plate he will show plus raw power, but an aggressive approach that has lead to high strikeout rate and low walk rate. The hope is that when he focuses on either hitting or pitching full time there will be a jump in the skill set as his number of reps jumps up.

Scouting Report:

Hit: There is good bat speed here, but Brown still has a lot of noise in his swing and he will need some mechanical work. Otherwise the swing itself is not a huge problem. Right now Brown’s biggest flaw is an ultra-aggressive approach that can leave him exposed to off speed pitches and has lead to high strikeout rates and low walk rates. He has some pitch recognition and is likely always going to be aggressive so the best path might be for him to find more selection to his aggression. Overall the contact is very strong off of Brown’s bat.

Power: There is plus raw power here, the real question is how much Brown will be able to tap into it given the hit tool. If he can make consistent contact he is a player who could get close to 20 HRs a year in his prime, but if he can’t make contact the power might never get into games.

Arm: As you would expect for a guy who touched 94 off the mound this spring, Brown as a cannon in the outfield. The arm is in the plus to plus plus range and it is a real weapon in the outfield, and even in the low minors base runners were hesitant to challenge him.

Defense: Brown lacks the ideal speed for center field, though he can certainly play it in a pinch. His long term home is right field where he should be at least an average defender, but if he can transfer over some of instincts from center to right field he could be a plus defender in the corner.

Speed: This year Brown showed everything from average to plus speed, the truth is somewhere in the middle. Brown has enough speed he is going to steal his share of bases and get some infield hits as well. He is a relatively thick guy so there is a chance he loses a step but he will likely be in this speed range for a while.

Summary: It all comes down to the hit tool. If he can make enough contact he could be a above average regular in RF with some speed and pop. If the hit tool is well below average he could carve out a career as a 4th outfielder. If it all goes poorly in the field, the team could stick him back on the mound where he could profile as a left handed reliever. But for now it is going to take some time and a lot of reps to make up for lost time.


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