Anyone paying even a little bit of attention to baseball the past few weeks know that Philadelphia Phillies leftfielder Domonic Brown is the hottest hitter in Major League Baseball this side of Miguel Cabrera. And he has the accolades to prove it, earning the National League Player of the Month for May by hitting .303 with 12 home runs and 25 RBIs … and it was just the tip of the iceberg.
Brown’s assault on MLB pitching has continued, as he’s started off June by going 7-for-16 with two home runs, six RBI and four runs scored in just four games. It’s been a meteoric and unprecedented rise. For starters, Dom joins this list of players 25 or younger to have a 12-home run month in the last 20 years: Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Vladimir Guerrero, Adam Dunn, Albert Pujols, Adrian Beltre, Mark Teixeira, Prince Fielder, Troy Tulowitzki, Jay Bruce, Mike Stanton and Justin Upton — all of whom developed into all-star power hitters.
In May, he also became just the sixth player 25 or younger ever to hit 12 home runs within his first 108 plate appearances, joining some guys named Babe Ruth, A-Rod, Eric Davis, Boog Powell and Frank Howard.
In the span of a month, Brown went from a guy hitting well under .250 to approaching .300 and now leading the NL in home runs. His remarkable hot streak has people across the nation taking notice, and has Phillies fans like me and my friends sending texts to each other with each remarkable feat:
I love Dom
I love Dom Brown and Cliff Lee. And no other Phillies
He’s kinda cool
Are you shitting me? He’s ridiculous
That bat flip and trip to first base was sweet by the way. That’s a confident kid.
I love that guy.
Fuckin Dom Brown
This is unreal
He’s feelin it
We quite literally cannot contain ourselves. Suddenly Domonic Brown is not just a young player on the rise … he’s must-watch TV.