Micah Brown played at six different positions at two different levels for the Miami Marlins in 2018.
Throughout the offseason, we’re continuing to devote an article each for all players who appeared with the Miami Marlins system for in 2018. This is Part 255 of 286.
Micah Brown is a 6’2″, 200 lb. infielder/outfielder from Medford, Oregon, population 81,780. The city has produced three major leaguers to date, outfielder Jeff Barry, and pitchers Steve Bechler and Braden Shipley.
Brown was born on May 9th, 1996, and attended North Medford HS in the town of the same name, also in Oregon (see below). After going undrafted, he joined Lewis-Clark State College in nearby Lewiston, Idaho for a couple of seasons with the NAIA-level Warriors. In 58 games, he slashed .303/.415/.478, with five homers, 32 RBI, and 12 stolen bases.
Yeah, that’s Brown pitching, but Miami had something else in mind. In the 2017 MLB Amateur Entry Draft, Brown was chosen by the Miami Marlins in the 19th round. Chosen 569th overall, Brown would be the eighth major leaguer chosen out of the spot. The group is led by Jeff Nelson (1984, Los Angeles Dodgers, 14.8 career WAR) and Sid Monge (1970, California Angels, 8.5 WAR).
After coming to terms with the Miami Marlins, Brown was initially signed to the short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs, in the New York-Penn League. He went 19-for-70 in three weeks at the level, with 10 walks and eight RBI over 20 contests. Brown also struck out 16 times, but his other metrics were sharp enough to push him up a level.
On August 11th, 2017, Brown was promoted to the full-season-A Greensboro Grasshoppers, in the South Atlantic League. He hit .200 in a small sample size, going 10-for-50 with five RBI and two walks against 20 strikeouts.
2018 would see Brown open his season still with the Grasshoppers. In 74 contests, he hit .221/.287/.345 with six homers and 26 RBI, along with 11 stolen bases in 12 tries. Defensively, he played every position that’s not strictly “up the middle,” appearing at first, second, third, shortstop, left field, and right. Mostly, he played at first base (199 innings, .990 fielding percentage) and third base (198 innings, .921 fielding percentage.
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On July 19th, Brown was promoted once again, to the high-A Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida State League. In 22 contests, he hit 17-for-72 with three RBI, while appearing at every infield position, but mostly first base (.965 in 84 innings).
Between the two levels, Brown collected 16 multi-hit games. On June 26th, he had a career-best four hits with three singles, a double, and two runs scored in an 8-7 Greensboro victory against the Kannapolis Intimidators.
Brown hasn’t played himself out of a job, but he also hasn’t played well enough to start above high-A. Look for him to begin the season with the Hammerheads, with a chance to join the double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp around midseason, if all goes well.