Domonic Brown was easily the most pleasant surprise for the Phillies throughout 2013. He finished with a .351 weighted on-base average, third-best on the team behind Chase Utley and Darin Ruf. He also finished with a .222 ISO, which left him in the top-20 among all Major League hitters. After years of fighting tooth and nail for playing time, he has finally secured a starting role for himself going forward.
Brown had a remarkable month of May, smashing 12 home runs en route to a .991 OPS over the 31-day period. He won Player of the Month honors and earned himself a spot on the National League All-Star roster. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to completely replicate his success in the months that followed, though he did remain fairly productive. Along with a concussion (July) and tendonitis in his right foot (September) hampering his offensive output during the second half, pitchers also became less willing to challenge him. Instead, they relied on pitching him on the outer portion of the plate.