Domonic Brown's breakout offensive efforts can't be questioned. But, some Philadelphia Phillies' fans have wondered why he remained in left field after Darin Ruf was recalled from Triple-A a few months ago. Baseball logic easily answers that understandable question.
Those who’ve watched the eighth-year pro handle any outfield spot know that his glove work hasn't been and isn't superb. While Brown has a strong arm, his defensive performance isn't consistent.
There have been moments this season where the 26-year-old appeared to have solved positioning and tracking issues. But, it can't be said that he's become a reliable defender.
Off-season maneuvers can change positional plans. However, it seems as though the Phillies put Brown in left field because that area is seen as his best option.
Anyone can make progress over time. So, it's possible that this All-Star might arrive in spring training next year, shift to right field and adequately man that critical spot throughout the season.
The availability and attainability of an upgrade at Brown's former spot and Ruf's current location, will clearly affect the Phillies' short-term and potentially their long-term outfield plans.