It was a moment that had been years in the making. Seth Brown had been noted as a power hitter in the Oakland A’s system, but had yet to launch the first homer of his major league career. He had eight homers and two triples in his 98 major league plate appearances entering Saturday’s action, but that first career homer for the A’s had continued to evade him.
That ended on Saturday. In his 102nd plate appearance, Brown emphatically removed that goose egg from his stat line.
Seth Brown finally gets his first career homer
That was not a cheap shot either. Ryne Stanek, who Brown victimized, had not allowed a hit, let alone a run, before that moment. The ball landed halfway up the second deck, traveling an estimated 424 feet with a 106.1 MPH exit velocity.
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It was a matter of time before this moment occurred. Brown was a solid power hitter in the minors, belting 92 homers in five minor league campaigns, reaching the 30 homer mark twice. In his final minor league season in 2019, he belted 37 homers and 29 doubles. The power had always been there – it was just a matter of that appearing during one of his stints in the majors.
Brown also had not received much of a chance to prove himself. Despite a solid run as a September callup in 2019, he had just five at bats in 2020. That may change this year, as Chad Pinder is without a timeframe for his return from the Injured List, leaving potential opportunities for Brown.
He still needs to prove himself as a viable major league option. Even with that first career homer, Brown has two hits in his 12 at bats this season. However, it is possible that now that his first career homer is out of the way, he will be more relaxed and ready to be himself at the plate.
Seth Brown launched his first major league homer on Saturday. Chances are, this will not be the last one for the Oakland A’s outfielder.