Donald, Brown Shine
Home for Thanksgiving.
That’s the situation for several Phillies minor league players who were in the just completed Arizona Fall League and Hawaiian Winter League. It has to be a bit difficult leaving Hawaii, I would imagine. Must be the lure of a turkey dinner on Thursday.
Infielder Jason Donald, 25, and outfielder Dominc Brown, 21, put up the most impressive numbers.
Donald, playing for the Mesa Solar Sox, finished second in the AFL with a ,407 average. Phoenix Desert Dogs outfielder, Eric Young Jr. (Rockies), won the batting title (.430).
Primarily a shortstop, Donald also played second and third at Mesa. He started 7 games each at short and third and six at second. He was among the league’s top four in doubles, total bases, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.
2008 has been some kind of year for Donald. He was an All-Star at Reading (.307, 14 homers), was the starting shortstop for Team U. S. in the All-Star Futures Game, and led Team USA in hitting (.381) during the Summer Olympics.
He won the Bill Giles Award in the minor league camp for “love and respect for the game, an outstanding work ethic and pride in being a member of the Phillies.” He was also chosen as the AFL’s Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award. The award exemplifies unselfishness, hard work and leadership.
Donald was selected by the Phillies in the third round of the 2006 first-year player draft out of the University of Arizona.
Brown, a 2007 Bill Giles Award winner, led the HWL in hitting (.389) while playing for the Honolulu Sharks. He was the leading hitter at Lakewood during the summer (.291 in 114 games).
A 6-foot-5, left-handed hitter and thrower, Brown was a 20th round selection out of Redan (GA) High School in the same draft as Donald.
Up-to-date Winter League stats are available on this site.