Jordan Brown: A Bright Spot for the Tribe

By: Andrea Cole

“You have to pinch yourself, but you have to realize that you belong up here. It’s the same game. If you don’t think that way, then you’re not going to be successful.” —Jordan Brown, after Saturday night’s game, in which he hit an RBI double and single for the Indians.

Since Brown was called up from Triple-A Columbus July 31, he has played in five games, batting .250. In the 7-2 loss against the Minnesota Twins Saturday night, he tried to help the team drum up some offense. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.

Indians Outfielder Jordan Brown

But watching Brown was one of the bright spots of the night.

The 6-0, 205-pound outfielder was selected by the Indians in the fourth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Arizona, and he spent the 2009 season at Triple-A Columbus leading the International League with a .336 average.

Brown, who was the reigning International League batting champion going into spring training, tore a meniscus in his right knee during outfield drills this spring and had arthroscopic surgery. The surgery cost him months of major league action.

“The path I was going on was perfect, and to finally get a chance and hurt yourself…” he said. “The most frustrating thing to me was I came in healthy, did a really good job to stay in shape and to come in there, I felt strong … then a freak accident, that was very, very deflating.”

But the 26-year-old got another shot. He batted .309 in Columbus, and since June 14, has hit .339 with 17 doubles, four home runs and 40 RBI in 42 games. It’s great to finally see Brown at the major league level. Last year batting .336 at Triple-A Columbus, he should have been promoted in September, but wasn’t.

Luckily, that wasn’t his only shot. When asked about the fans wanting to see him in Cleveland, Brown was humble and surprised.

“To tell you the truth, I didn’t really know that,” he said. “I guess that’s good hearing that, but I really just take it at bat by at bat, pitch by pitch, and try not to get discouraged and keep having good at bats, and hopefully get the chance to come up here and do well.”

Brown is trying to be a leader in the clubhouse as well, teaching the younger guys to focus on winning.

“Right now I’m just trying to do the best I can to help the Cleveland Indians win,” he said. “I just want to win. There’s nothing better. Like I was telling these guys, going into Boston and beating Boston in Boston…I haven’t had that kind of camaraderie, felt that good, in a while.”

Hopefully Brown and the rest of the Indians will continue to have that kind of camaraderie with more wins, and I’m looking forward to watching Brown at the major league level.

Follow Andrea Cole on Twitter @AndreaCole

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