PHILADELPHIA -- It's been the toughest year professionally for Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown, but he hopes his next move allows him to start over in 2012.
It was confirmed Brown will head to the Florida instructional league at the end of the season as he converts from right to left field.
Brown said he will spend about two weeks in Clearwater, Fla., but is not sure the exact date he'll report. This move will likely keep him off the postseason roster for the first round, but Brown probably wasn't a serious candidate for one of the last bench spots, considering he is not expected to start for the rest of the regular season and has no Major League at-bats since July 29.
"I think it's fine," Brown said. "I have a lot of work to do, first time in left field. I'm just enjoying the moment right now."
The instructional league runs through Oct. 15.
Brown broke a bone in his right hand during Spring Training, costing him a chance to win the everyday right-field position. He then made his season debut May 21 and had been playing fairly regularly, hitting .246 (45-for-183) with 10 doubles, one triple, five homers and 19 RBIs in 54 games before the Phils acquired Hunter Pence from the Astros on July 29.
The Phillies optioned Brown to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he moved from right to left field. He hit just .227 (20-for-92) with four doubles, one home run and five RBIs in 30 games, struggling to play his new position and hearing boos from the fans in his hometown ballpark.
"It's been everything, up, down," Brown said. "I experienced a lot. This is the first time in my career I really had to deal with a lot of failure. I'm learning how to cope with that. It's just trying to stay positive and learn as much as I can."