The Oakland A’s need a spark in the lineup. Why not give Seth Brown a longer look?
Since Seth Brown was drafted in the 19th round of the 2015 MLB Draft, he had produced at virtually every level of the minors. Brown rose steadily through the ranks, only repeating his time in the California League following a lackluster 2016 campaign. However, he placed himself squarely on the prospect map in 2017, producing a .270/.340/.506 batting line with 30 homers. Brown had certainly garnered attention by that point.
In 2019, at AAA, Brown put together another impressive season. Taking advantage of the juiced ball and the general offensive playground that is the Pacific Coast League, Brown had a .297/.352/.634 batting line with 37 homers and 29 doubles. That production earned him a look at the major league level.
Brown continued to hit for the A’s as well. He had 22 hits in his 83 plate appearances, with eight doubles and two triples. He did strike out at a higher clip, with 23 strikeouts, but also drew seven walks. It certainly was not a bad debut.
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Now, in 2020, it may be time for Brown to get a longer look. The original plan to have Stephen Piscotty in right and Khris Davis as the designated hitter has not worked thus far, as the duo have one hit and three walks in 32 combined plate appearances entering Friday’s action. The A’s need something to shake up the offense.
Enter Brown. He has displayed a knack for hitting at every level he has played at thus far. And he is already a part of the A’s 30 man roster, receiving one pitch hit appearance on July 29. Even though he was not successful in that specific moment, Brown does have the type of pop in his bat that could give the lineup a lift.
With the shortened season, the A’s cannot afford to give Piscotty and Davis the usual time needed to break out of their slumps. Normally, these six or seven games would not be a cause for alarm; every player goes through a slump at some point. But with every game being magnified all the more, the A’s need to get the lineup going once again.
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Maybe Seth Brown can be the answer. It wouldn’t hurt to give him a look in the lineup.