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Minors: Power Delivery, The New “Dutch”?

April 20th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Minors: Power Delivery, The New “Dutch”? | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Domonic Brown is facing live batting for the first time since breaking his hand during Grapefruit League play on March 5th. The Wilmington News Journal has reported that Brown is close to starting his rehab assignment by taking at bats in extended spring training. In his first outing, Brown went 2-for-3 over five innings. GM Ruben Amaro expects Brown to begin his rehab assignment within the next week to ten days. Once he starts playing in minor league games, Brown has 20 days to make his case. If he can hit at a torrid pace, which would most likely be bouncing around Lakewood, Reading, and Lehigh Valley, he may be the power infusion that Charlie is looking for. The only problem is that it makes the lineup that much more left handed heavy.  Brown could potentially inserted into the 6 hole if Ibanez is moved to 3rd, Rollins to lead off or 5th, and Victorino moved to 5th if Rollins moves to lead off.

Elsewhere, 2010 10th-round draft pick Mario Hollands is making a name for himself in his first three starts in Lakewood.  Not expected to be more than a 4th or 5th starting pitcher, Hollands may best be suited in the bullpen in Philadelphia. His stuff isn’t overpowering, but he does have a potential five-pitch arsenal and he has the ability to work himself out of a jamb. In three games so far, Hollands has allowed nineteen base runners in 16.1 innings, but has only allowed two earned runs. A college experienced pitcher, Hollands may be able to be fast tracked as a reliever. Looking at his splits, he definitely has fireman written all over him. In 8.1 innings with no base runners, Hollands has been very hittable, to the tune of an opponent batting average of .342. In 8.0 innings of having runners on, hitters have been less than half as successful, hitting at a .160 clip.

The bases empty average may improve as he progresses to better talent behind him as the Lakewood defense has averaged atleast one error in each of Hollands’ starts.  If he can continue his current level of success, hopefully he can get promoted to Clearwater by the middle of July.

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