Corey Brown hopes to beat odds, make impact for Nats

Corey Brown hopes to beat odds, make impact for Nats
February 10, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Sometimes being part of a successful organization like the Washington Nationals has its downsides.

Through no fault of his own, Nationals outfielder Corey Brown looks to be a long shot to make the club out of spring training. With a starting outfield likely set in stone, and players like Roger Bernadina and Tyler Moore coming off promising 2012 campaigns, Brown knows the odds are against him making the Opening Day roster.  

“With the situation I am in, I hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Obviously the worst is being back in Syracuse again and if that's the case I can't dwell on it and go down there and pout. No one's going to feel sorry for you. This is my career and if that's the case I have to go down and hopefully put up the same numbers or better than what I did last year and you never know,” he said. 

If he does in fact start the season in Triple-A Syracuse, Brown will be looking to top his 2012 season, when he hit .285 with 25 home runs and 71 RBIs, while reaching base at a .365 clip and slugging .523. But Brown will also look to build off his brief time with the Nationals during their unforgettable 2012 season.

In 27 plate appearances, Brown only had five hits, but three were for extra-bases, with two doubles and home run. In back-to-back games against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 28-29, Brown went 3-for-9. On July 28 Brown hit his first career home run, a shot off Brewers’ pitcher Randy Wolf. The next day, during a wild game in which the Nationals came back twice to win 11-10 in eleven innings, Brown went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.  

Brown was originally drafted by the Oakland Athletics with the 59th pick of the 2007 amatuer draft. In December 2010, the A’s traded Brown and relief pitcher Henry Rodriguez to the Nationals for slugging outfielder Josh Willingham. Having been traded once in his career, the Oklahoma State product knows that call may come again, but he’s not going to let his current situation affect his preparation. 

“You could get traded again. That's the last thing I want to worry about, obviously I want to be part of this team. Like I said, with the expectations we have a chance to win it all and I hope that some way I can be a part of that. But time will tell, we'll see how spring goes and go from there. I'm going to take it day-by-day.”

Like many of his Nationals teammates, the Tampa-native got married this offseason, and the newlyweds chose to hold the wedding in Mexico. 

“I got married, so that was a big step in my life. I gotta make the wife proud in case y'all put that out there. But it was very exciting, got married down in Mexico so that was very nice,” he said. 

After the wedding, Brown spent his offseason training and getting healthy for what will be a crucial spring for his career. 

"I think every year I learn something different on how to take care of my body better, how to prepare. Maybe a little something here and there, but nothing drastic. During the offseason I go home, I get my body back to being 100 percent and I try to prepare to do the best I can."

With expectations so high for the Nationals in 2013, Brown hopes at the very least he’s able to make a contribution and help bring a World Series title to D.C. 

“I think after last year it's blown up tremendously and this year there are so many expectations. I just think that everyone that is on the team or a part of the team, we're all just trying to meet those expectations for the fans. Obviously everybody wants to go out there and win as many games as possible and hopefully bring a championship back to this city. Hopefully we can do that for the fans and make the city proud.”

Brown knows the odds are long, but at the very least he hopes he’s given a chance to prove he’s worthy of a roster spot. 

“Hopefully I have a chance to make the ballclub, obviously with the team we have it is pretty stacked so we just need to wait and see what happens. But I hope to get a shot to make the team somehow”.