Today Sandy Alderson and the Mets signed outfielder Andrew Brown to a minor league deal. The 28 year old right-handed hitter recently declared free agency instead of returning to a minor league assignment with the Colorado Rockies where he spent his 2012 season. Andrew Brown is most widely regarded as a corner outfielder, though he has additionally spent some time at first base in his minor league career.
In 46 games with the 2012 Rockies, Brown posted a line of .232/.302/.429/.730 with a home OPS of .916 and a road OPS of .571 (thanks, Colorado!). Brown performed better versus lefties than righties, which is certainly one statistic favoring the Mets’ needs.
While Brown’s major league pedigree is lacking in substance and style, he has excelled in the minors, mostly in the Cardinals’ minor league system. Over six seasons in the minors, Brown racked up an OPS of .876 and most recently knocked out 24 home runs in 100 games for Colorado Springs’ AAA team in 2012.
“At 28, Brown looks like a prototypical AAAA player. Although he showed flashes of power at the big league level last season, slugging .429 while hitting five home runs in limited time with the Rockies, Brown doesn’t appear to have the patience or pitch recognition skills necessary to consistently produce at the highest level. In addition, Brown provides little to no defensive value.
Brown has spent the last two years tearing up the Pacific Coast League, and that won’t change in 2013 if he ends up in Triple-A with the Mets moving to Las Vegas. The Mets and their fans should take extreme caution if Brown gets off to a torrid start, as things likely wouldn’t translate well from Las Vegas to Citi Field in Queens.”