Though I suppose for the majority of Athletics fans who never watched him play in Sacramento or Midland, the return of Corey Brown is more of a welcome than a welcome back. Regardless, after a three-year hiatus tasting the fruits of Major League baseball for a mere 36 combined games in our nation’s capital, the outfielder is back in the organization that drafted him 59th overall in 2007.
Now 28-years of age, Brown returns to Oakland long since stripped of his prospect status and fresh off being designated for assignment last week. The headliner (he was traded for cash so I use that term loosely) of the seventh trade conducted by Billy Beane and Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, and the third of the off season between the two organizations.
Failing to impress in three separate stints at the big league level, Brown has managed a paltry batting line of .175/.250/.400 with a .283 wOBA and 77 wRC+. Down on the farm, the Florida native stagnated at Triple-A where last season he amassed a .254/.326/.473 clip in an injury hampered season for the Syracuse Chiefs.
Barring another acquisition, the out-of-options Brown should have an outside shot at claiming a place on the opening day roster next spring as the Athletics fifth outfielder. The left-handed hitter will likely find himself in competition with Michael Taylor and Shane Peterson, and depending on Oakland’s needs may serve a low-cost replacement for the departed Seth Smith.
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