One year ago Domonic Brown was ranked among the top five prospects in baseball, a five-tool 23-year-old set to provide a needed infusion of youth to the Phillies' lineup. A spring training fracture of the hamate bone in his right wrist changed all that: The outfielder started 2011 on the disabled list, and after being called up in May showed little power. His strong plate discipline—25 walks and a .335 OBP in 209 plate appearances despite a .246 batting average—wasn't enough to keep him in the majors. The Phillies demoted him when they traded for Hunter Pence in July and never gave him another look. In the off-season they signed Laynce Nix and invited Juan Pierre to camp. There's not much more for Brown to do in the minors, and a demotion could cause him to stagnate. The Phillies, who have seen their offense decline as their lineup has aged, have to commit to Brown as an everyday player or put him on the market for a team that will. Playing Nix or Pierre, serviceable fourth outfielders, over Brown would cost them runs and further damage the development of their most promising prospect.