Seth Brown has been one of the members of the Oakland A’s riding the highway between the majors and Las Vegas. With Mark Canha back from the Injured List, and Brown’s struggles, it was not a surprise when he was sent back to Triple-A on Friday.
However, Brown never got there. Instead, he was still driving to Las Vegas when he was recalled to replace Stephen Piscotty, who landed on the Injured List with a sprained left wrist.
Seth Brown avoids return trip to Triple-A
Usually, people hate having to turn around and return to their original point of departure during a trip. In this case, Brown is certain to make an exception, as he gets to remain in the majors for a few more days.
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Despite his trips to Las Vegas, Brown has gotten a long look due to the A’s numerous injuries in the outfield. He has produced a .205/.274/.469 batting line in his 248 plate appearances, hitting 16 homers and nine doubles while stealing three bases. Brown has also been useful in the field, appearing at all three outfield spots and at first base.
It is possible that Brown can heat up at some point. He has run into some bad luck with the batted ball, as his .214 batting average on balls in play is 81 points below the major league average. He has a strong 14.7% barrel rate, and has hit the ball reasonably hard. It is just a matter of having some of those fly balls drop in.
Maybe this time, Brown will get some good luck with the batted ball. Piscotty had not exactly done much to hold on to the starting right field job, having been benched when Ramon Laureano shifted over to make room for Starling Marte. If Brown continues to hit the ball well, and those line drives and fly balls fall in, his numbers could improve dramatically. At that point, he would not have to worry about making a U-turn on his way to Las Vegas.
Seth Brown had been optioned back to Las Vegas on Friday. The Oakland A’s outfielder never made it there, taking a U-turn to come back.