If you look back at the first half of the 2013 season, few players were hotter than Domonic Brown. The lefty hitting prospect seemed to have finally come of age and was performing like the player they always thought he would be. Unfortunately, the hot streak didn't last and Brown wound up in a tailspin that he still hasn't pulled out of. That spiral led to him being the biggest name of the four who were outrighted off of the Phillies roster Monday.
Brown's collapse has been especially disappointing. In 2009, he was the top prospect in the Phillies organization and was named the top prospect in all of baseball the following spring by Baseball America. From there though, his star faded as he struggled at times in the minors and had trouble sticking with the major league club. In parts of three seasons with the Phillies, Brown played in 147 games and had 12 home runs, 58 RBI and a .236 average in the majors. Then came 2013 when he hit 23 home runs, drove in 67 and was hitting .273 at the All-Star Break. He played in his first all-star game and things seemed to be on the rise. Unfortunately, Brown hit just four home runs in the second-half, but he did maintain a .270 average.
Brown played in 144 games with the Phillies in 2014, hitting .235 with ten home runs and 63 RBI and followed that with 63 major league games and just five home runs and a .228 average this past season.Brown, 28, ended the season out of the lineup after suffering a concussion making a play at Nationals Park in Washington when he flipped over a railing.
Brown can become a free agent and one potential landing spot might be Detroit. Wally Joyner was the Phillies assistant hitting coach when Brown got hot in 2010 and he now serves in that same role with the Tigers. Brown had credited Joyner with helping him to develop his swing and conquer some of the mental challenges of the game.
Bogusevic played most of this season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley before joining the Phillies in September. Bogusevic hit .259 in 22 games with the Phillies this past season, but hit .296 with Lehigh Valley, where he also stole 24 bases. Besides Philadelphia, Bogusevic, 31, has also played in the majors with Houston and the Chicago Cubs and has a career line of 19-67-.238/.311/.373 in 321 major league games.
Joseph struggled through concussion after concussion in his minor league career as a catcher. After his last concussion, the Phillies moved him to first base and he played decently at the position, but failed to hit at the Triple-A level, batting just .193 in 45 games with the IronPigs. The Phillies acquired Joseph in a deal with San Francisco that sent outfielder Hunter Pence to the Giants in July, 2012.
Dugan was drafted by the Phillies in the second round of the 2009 Draft. Dugan reached the Triple-A level this past season, but struggled to produce, hitting just .221 in 36 games with Lehigh Valley. He also played at High-A Clearwater and at Double-A Reading this past season. At Reading, Dugan, 25, played in 44 games and hit .315, leading to his promotion to Lehigh Valley on August 1st.
Brown and Bogusevic can become free agents immediately and Dugan will become a minor league free agent five days after the end of the World Series. Joseph doesn't have enough minor league service time and remains with the Phillies organization, but will be unprotected in the Rule 5 Draft, which will be held this December.