The Philadelphia Phillies are a team not necessarily known for their assortment of prospects. However, there are a few exciting names on that list, from Mick Abel to Andrew Painter, Logan O’Hoppe, and add to that list, right-handed pitcher Ben Brown. Many may be unaware of who Ben Brown is, but that’s likely to change as the Phillies announced today that they have promoted Brown to Double-A Reading to join the Fightin Phils.
Brown has recently come forward as one of the more highly regarded players in the organization’s entire farm system. The 22-year-old prospect is so favored by the organization that it has been reported that he appears on a five-player shortlist of prospects that will not be dealt at the trade deadline.
Selected by the Phillies in the 33rd round of the 2017 MLB draft, Brown was not expected to be such a desired piece, but his play has demanded such. He was delayed some by Tommy John surgery in 2019 but has re-established himself this season with the High-A Jersey Shore BlueClaws.
In the midst of an encouraging 2022 season, the Philadelphia Phillies have announced that they have promoted RHP Ben Brown to the Double-A Fightin Phils.
With the BlueClaws this season, Brown posted a solid 3.08 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, and held batters to an average of .197 in 16 total games. Standing 6’6″ with a fastball that sits in the 95-98 range, Brown has displayed the power necessary to pitch in the Majors. Like most young pitchers, he must continue to work on his command but his strikeout to walk ratio of 4.57 is encouraging.
Brown still has more to prove, but he seems to be on the fast track through the minors and could debut for the Philadelphia Phillies as early as next season though a 2024 appearance is more likely.
Ben Brown currently ranks as the Phillies’ 26th prospect per MLB.com, but Baseball America lists Brown as the Phils’ 7th best prospect. That’s quite the difference but based on the way the organization has treated him as of late, it stands to reason that the organization believes he’s closer to Baseball America’s ranking.