Finally, one of the top 19-year-old pitching prospects in the Phillies organization in my opinion, Ben Brown showed up on a minor league roster. Now, in his third season in the Phillies system, the big 6’6″ right hander was missing from a minor league team full-season roster when the Phillies broke camp earlier in the month. Big Ben finally made his full-season minor league debut on Saturday for Lakewood against the Lexington Legends.
Ben was kept back at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater while Lakewood has limped out of the gate to a 4-13 record with the SAL highest team pitching ERA of 5.21.
Brown came to our attention last July when he struck out 16 against the Detroit Tigers GCL farm team in a six inning start. In Saturday’s game, he was brought in to start the fourth inning after the hapless BlueClaws were already trailing 6-0. He needed only 41 pitches to strikeout five allowing no runs and one hit over three innings.
Brown was interviewed by Tony Graham for Lakewood’s website about his minor league full-season debut with some video of his game. Watch HERE.
You might not find the name Ben Brown on most Phillies top prospect lists. Philly.com just came out with its Top 25 Phillies prospect list. Of the 14 pitchers on that List, none of them are named Ben Brown. Currently, the MLB’s Top 30 Phillies Prospect List has 18 pitchers names on it, but Brown’s name is missing there as well.
Hopefully, we will be seeing Brown in Clearwater again soon. Only this time he will in the Clearwater Threshers starting rotation because his is a top Phillies pitching prospect!