Seth Brown had been more potential than production during his time in the majors. The Oakland A’s first baseman/outfielder had plenty of power potential but had not consistently been able to bring that power to game situations. He did hit 20 homers in 307 plate appearances last season, but with his raw power, should be capable of much more.
That potential may finally be coming to fruition. Brown has not just been the A’s top slugger since the All Star Break, but one of the best in the game. His seven homers since the break are the second most in the majors, trailing only Aaron Judge in that time.
Seth Brown finally reaching potential for Oakland A’s
It all comes down to a change in approach. According to manager Mark Kotsay, Brown has been working on taking the ball the other way, using what the pitchers are giving him instead of trying to pull everything. It is something that Kotsay spoke with Brown about previously, and a change that the A’s first baseman is now taking to heart.
Of course, it is a matter of seeing if this change in approach continues. Brown has been hot since coming out of the break, but pitchers are also going to adjust as well. Once that happens, he is going to need to adjust again, showing that he can continue to be a key part of the A’s lineup.
Such a performance could also go a long way towards his place in the organization. He will not be eligible for arbitration until after the 2023 campaign, making him a potential building block for the A’s next run. While he is 29 years old, his power and ability to play multiple positions could make him a piece for the future.
The Oakland A’s had been intrigued with Seth Brown’s power potential for years. He has finally begun to unlock the player they hoped for.