Jordan Cassidy Brown
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 0", Weight 210 lb.
- School University of Arizona
- High School Vacaville High School
- Debut August 1, 2010
Jordan Brown was named the MVP of his league in both 2006 and 2007. He made his major league debut in 2010.
Amateur Career and Draft
Brown hit .259/.262/.431 in part-time duty as a freshman at the University of Arizona. In 2004, the sophomore batted .306/.357/.553 with 57 RBI in 59 games. His 13 homers were four behind Pacific-10 Conference leader Jed Lowrie. Arizona made it to the 2004 College World Series. The next year, the left-handed batter hit .336/.377/.584 with 62 runs and 80 RBI in 60 contests. He led the Pac-10 in RBI, beating out numerous future major leaguers. He was one of four players to share All-Conference honors at first; John Mayberry Jr. and Jeff Larish were two of the others. Brown was 6th in NCAA Division I in RBI. He was listed by several sources as a second-team or third-team All-American. Many of his RBI likely came from batting behind Trevor Crowe. The Cleveland Indians chose Brown in the 4th round of the 2005 amateur draft. He was their third first baseman taken, following Stephen Head (2nd round) and Nick Weglarz (3rd round); Weglarz was moved to the outfield quickly. Brown was signed by scout Joe Graham and reported to the New York-Penn League.
Brown debuted in the pro ranks with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, hitting .253/.291/.387 in 19 games. In 2006, he moved up to the Kinston Indians and hitting .290/.362/.469 with 7 triples, 15 home runs, 87 RBI and a .338 mark against southpaws. Playing outfield with Head at first, he had 10 assists and fielded .990. He led the Carolina League in RBI and tied Victor Mercedes for the most total bases (222). He was third in average and helped Kinston win the league title. He was second to Mercedes in triples and 4th in slugging. He made the All-Star team outfield alongside Beau Torbert and Carl Loadenthal and won the MVP award. Baseball America did not place him on their list of the circuit's top 10 prospects.
In 2007, Brown continued to shine. With the Akron Aeros, he produced at a .333/.421/.484 clip with 85 runs, 36 doubles and 11 steals (in 13 tries). He drew 63 walks while striking out 56 times. He moved back to first base for most of the season. Brown led all Indians farmhands in average, OBP and hits (161) and Baseball America named him the Indians Minor League Player of the Year. He led the Eastern League in hits and average (19 points over runner-up Brian Barton), was third in OBP (.11 behind leader Mark Kiger) and 4th in runs (12 behind leader Clete Thomas). He was named to the EL All-Star team at first base, was named the league's Rookie of the Year and more importantly, its MVP. Brown led all of AA in batting average, tying Nate Schierholtz, Steve Pearce and John Raynor for 7th in the affiliated minors. Baseball America named him the best batting prospect and as having the best strike-zone judgment in the EL. They also rated him as the #11 prospect in the EL, between Collin Balester and Radhames Liz and ahead of his University of Arizona and Akron teammate Trevor Crowe, a former first-round draft pick.
Brown played for the AAA Buffalo Bisons in 2008 and hit .281/.337/.417, but only .199 against left-handers. His nine home runs were also low for a first baseman. He was much better with the 2009 Columbus Clippers, batting .336/.381/.532 with 35 doubles and 15 home runs, topping .300 against southpaws this time. He led Indians farmhands in average and slugging. He also led the 2009 International League in average. Brown was named an All-Star outfielder alongside Jon Weber and MVP Shelley Duncan. He remained with Columbus for most of 2010, hitting .309/.344/.474 after 69 games.
Jordan Brown was called up to the majors on August 1, 2010, taking over as the Indians' left fielder for Austin Kearns, who had been sent to the New York Yankees at the trading deadline. In his MLB debut, he played DH and hit 6th between Matt LaPorta and Shelley Duncan. He batted against Jesse Litsch in the first and grounded out to Jose Bautista. He was 0 for 4 in his first big league game. He played 26 games in the majors that year, hitting .230 with 7 doubles but no homers. In May of 2011, he was purchased from the Indians by the Milwaukee Brewers, but spent the entire season in AAA, where he hit a solid .311/.346/.466 in 120 games between Columbus and the Nashville Sounds.