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Let’s check in on Major League camp from today as the Phillies hosted the Tigers in Clearwater.
Domonic Brown (2009) – Brown, the number one prospect in the Philadelphia organization as rated by Baseball America, was impressive at the dish today. Starting in right field and batting sixth, Brown had his best day at the plate, as the youngster went 3-3 with two homers and four RBIs. Brown, a Georgia native, launched his first homer of the spring in the second inning — a solo shot off Tigers starter Justin Verlander, which gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead. Two innings later, the 22-year-old hit a two-run shot off Tigers reliever Phil Coke, which gave the Phillies a 5-1 lead at that point. Brown has impressed all spring with his bat (.417 BA), his glove, and his arm in right field — he’s the real deal.
Cole Hamels (2005) – Hamels, the 2008 World Series MVP, started for the Phillies today and continues with his solid spring. The 27-year-old lefty allowed just one unearned run, on two hits, over five shutout innings en-route to his first win of the spring season. Hamels is now 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA this spring, and looks to bounce back from a down season in 2009.