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Corey Brown is a center fielder who made his major league debut with the Washington Nationals in 2011.

Brown hit .470 as a high school senior, winning All-State honors. In his first year with Oklahoma State University, 2005, Brown hit .360 with 13 home runs and 46 RBI in 55 games. He was named the Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year. The following year, he hit .347 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI, stealing 14 bases. Baseball America named him third-team All-American. 2007 was his final year with Oklahoma State, and he hit .335/.493/.741 with 22 home runs, 71 RBI and 23 stolen bases that season. He led the Big 12 with 82 runs and made All-Conference. Baseball America named him second-team All-American in the outfield behind Grant Desme, Kellen Kulbacki and Kyle Russell. He tied for 4th in NCAA Division I in homers, 4th in runs and 11th in slugging. He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the supplemental first round of the 2007 amateur draft. He was the 59th overall selection - the pick was compensation for the loss of Frank Thomas to free agency. He was signed by scout Blake Davis for $554,500 and began his professional career that season.

Brown played for the Vancouver Canadians in 2007, hitting .268/.379/.545 with 11 home runs and 48 RBI in 59 games. He struck out 77 times in 213 AB. He was second in the Northwest League in slugging, behind Greg Halman. Baseball America rated him as the NWL's #11 prospect, between Matt Mangini and Bruce Billings.

In 2008, he played for both the Kane County Cougars (85 games, 14 home runs) and the Stockton Ports (49 games, 16 home runs), hitting a combined .266 with 30 home runs, 83 RBI and 16 stolen bases (in 17 tries). He was second among Oakland farmhands in home runs (9 behind Chris Carter) but also tied Dallas McPherson and Victor Diaz for 4th in all of the minors with 168 strikeouts. He hit just .216 that winter for the North Shore Honu.

In 2009, Brown spent his entire year with the Midland RockHounds, hitting .268/.349/.488 with nine home runs and 43 RBI. He missed considerable time with injuries to both his left and right knees. In the Arizona Fall League, though, he blossomed, leading with 28 RBI in 25 games. His 6 home runs trailed only Desme and he hit .333.

Brown split 2010 between the RockHounds and Sacramento River Cats, hitting a combined .283/.370/.466 with 15 home runs, 69 RBI, 11 triples and 22 stolen bases in 24 attempts. On December 16, 2010, he was traded by the A's with Henry Rodriguez to the Nationals for Josh Willingham.

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