Well, probably not the next Mike Trout. But if the last two games are any indication, Aaron Brown has adapted well to right field for the Clearwater Threshers. Since Carlos Tocci has taken over his former position in center, Brown has played extremely well in right field.
In three games in right Brown has already tracked down eight fly balls and has thrown out two baserunners, one at second Wednesday night and last night a runner at home. Both outfield assists helped set up his two walk off hits, a homer in the 11th inning Wednesday and last night, a single in the bottom of the ninth. Both were for come from behind wins over the St. Lucie Mets.
Brown was spectacular last night including his walk off single to right, he went two for three with two RBI’s, two runs scored, two walks and a stolen base. In the field he threw a runner out at the plate which eventually set up his walk off single with a drawn in infield in the ninth for the 9-8 win.
It’s interesting to note that Brown is built somewhat similar to the 6’2″ 235 lbs. Trout. Though they hit from different sides of the plate, they compare in physical stature. Brown is only 10.5 months younger than Trout. But while Trout played centerfield at High A as an 18-year old , Brown is now playing at A+ as a right fielder who turns 23-years old on Saturday. One is from the East Coast who plays on the West Coast and the other is from the West Coast and plays on the East Coast.
At High A, Trout slashed at .306/.388/.434 in 50 games back in 2010, while Brown is slashing at .249/.317/.420 in 49 games. Each of them have hit four homers at High A. Brown has driven in 23 runs so far this season and Trout drove in 19 runs back in the Cali. League.
So far Brown’s move to right field has helped him up his play. Whether or not it will last and measure up closer to his doppelganger Mike Trout remains to be seen.