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College/Draft Profile #12

[editor's note, by Russ] David "ohno" wrote this profile.

Corey Brown

Corey Brown on the basepaths. Photo found this Scout.com article.

RF, Oklahoma State (profile)

HT: 6'2 WT: 210 lbs.

2005 Stats: .360 BA, 55 GP, 175 AB, 53 R, 63 H, 7 2B, 6 3B, 13 HR, 46 RBI, 44 BB, 8 SB

2006 Stats: .347 BA, .462 OBP, .644 SLG, 57 GP, 216 AB, 68 R, 75 H, 13 2B, 6 3B, 13 HR, 40 RBI, 42 BB, 57 K, 14/17 SB/SBA

Bio: Corey Brown immediately burst on the scene in Stillwater, pacing the team in batting average, walks, triples and steals as a freshman. Brown also turned it up another notch in Big XII action, hitting .390 in league play in route to Big XII Freshman of the year and First Team All Big XII honors. Brown was also named a Baseball America Freshman All American in 2005, listed with fellow 2007 Draft heavyweights Matt Wieters, Joe Savery, J.P. Arencibia, and Todd Frazier. Brown's sophomore year was more of the same, which is both a positive and a negative, lacking regression but showing fewer signs of major progression. He still led the team in walks while batting leadoff and retained his power and speed numbers.

Brown's most enticing tool is his athleticism. He was mentioned as the 2007 Draft's top college athlete in Baseball America's early draft preview, being credited with wry strength and quick twitch explosiveness. That same Baseball America article also knocked Brown's effort, and there are some character concerns with Brown that can't be mentioned explicitly.

Oklahoma State's Allie P. Reynolds Stadium has long been known as a hitter's park, and Cowboys are perennially a front runner for the league's home run lead, so it's tough to determine how much of Brown's power is his own, and how much is park inflated. The park can't take away the excellent plate patience (though he could cut down on the strikeouts), speed and defense. Brown has spent most of his time in right field, but has proved that he can handle center with ease, with the speed to track down balls in any park and an arm that should be a tick above average in either position. His multi-tooled package and effort concerns make the name J.D. Drew an easy comparison, but on field related injuries have not been a major concern for Brown.

Baseball America and Rivals both favor him, though with current rankings Brown would be a likely choice near the end of the supplemental first round and into the early portion of the second round. Brewerfan.net compares him to Jim Edmonds and rates him as the 28th best prospect in the draft. PGCrosschecker.com pegged him as the 16th best prospect (PDF) in the Cape Cod League for 2006. For Brown to return to lofty heights once thought for him (first round) he'll need to round out his offensive game with less strikeouts and give a better overall effort. Until then, he'll remain an enigma.