Corey Brown – Oakland A’s OF

H/W:  6-2  210 lb.     B/T:  L/L     DOB:  11/26/85

The former Oklahoma State star had a power packed '08 season hitting .266 with 30 HR 83 RBI 16 SB and 78 runs scored between Low-A Kane County and High-A Stockton.  Brown is a stupendous athlete with awesome raw power and blazing speed on both the basepaths and in the outfield.  His left-handed swing has considerable leverage and loft that can drive the ball out to any part of the ballpark.  He is a solid CF with good instincts and range, but his cannon-like arm strength profiles better in RF.  The chief liability in Brown's game right now is his dearth of discipline at the plate.  Last season, Corey struck out a whopping 168 times in 134 games played.  His struggles continued this fall in the Hawaiian Winter League where he accumulated another 33 in 28 games.  Brown does get his fair share of walks (58 in '08) but his overagressiveness and pull-happy mentality will eat him alive at higher levels if he doesn't improve.  The A's, though, are quite high on this young slugger and are willing to be patient with a player of Brown's high upside and 5-tool abilities.

2009 Projection: Brown should begin the '08 season with AA Midland, which should prove to be a make or break challenge for the 23 year old.  Last season's tour of Kane County and Stockton afforded Corey the ability to play in hitter friendly environments against less experienced pitching.  He will not have the same luxuries this year.   Watch his BB/K ratio and batting average carefully.  If he struggles early on, the A's may pop him back down to Stockton for some more work.  There is a lot to like in Brown.  He has the potential to be a 30 HR 20 SB guy at the major league level, but, if he doesn't change his approach at the plate, the specter of the strikeout threatens to relegate him to the Rob Deer and Pete Incaviglia annals of baseball lore.

Key Corey Brown Baseball Cards:

  • 2007 Bowman Chrome Draft
  • 2007 Bowman Chrome Draft Auto
  • 2007 Donruss Elite Extra Auto #/500

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