Dee Brown

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Dee Brown was a perennial top prospect for the Kansas City Royals, rated in four consecutive Baseball America Top 100 prospects lists with a peak appearance at #11 prior to 2000. Expectations did not match reality. For his career, Dee batted .233/.280/.333 in 271 games with a bWAR of -2.9. His only prolonged exposure to the majors came in 2001. Just 23, he batted .245/.286/.350 for the Royals with 7 homers and 40 RBI in 106 games. He was a solid Triple A contributor, with a career line of .272/.343/.454 and 96 homers in parts of 10 seasons. He hit .320/.370/.520 for Team USA in the 2005 Baseball World Cup, with four putouts and an assist in left.

After his organized baseball days, Dee signed with the Seibu Lions for 2010. On Opening Day, March 20th, he hit 5th and played DH. He was 1 for 3 with a RBI versus Yoshihisa Naruse. On April 4th, he went deep off Masaru Takeda for the 90,000th home run in Nippon Pro Baseball history. He spent parts of two seasons with Seibu, contributing a .230/.311/.407 line and 21 homers.

After his playing career ended, in 2016 Brown founded Dee Brown Baseball to work with young players. Brown returned to the professional baseball ranks in 2020 when the Pittsburgh Pirates hired him as the bench coach of the Bristol Pirates before the minor league season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

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