Friday, September 11, 2009


Former Kansas City Royals starting left fielder Dee Brown has signed on to play this winter with the Culiacan Tomateros in the Mexican Pacific League. Culiacan general manager Jaime Blancarte announced the signing of the 31-year-old New York City native last Wednesday.

Brown was the Royals first round draft pick (14th overall) in 1996, and he debuted with Kansas City two years later. Since then the left-handed batter has played all or part of eight major league seasons with the Royals and Athletics. His best year was in 2001, when he hit .245 with seven homers and 40 RBIs in 106 games for Kansas City. Overall, he’s batted .233 with 14 homers and 89 ribbies in 271 big league games.

Brown spent this summer with the Dodgers’ AAA affiliate in Albuquerque of the Pacific Coast League, batting .290 with 19 homers and 80 RBIs in 121 games.

The Tomateros also added 28-year-old shortstop Mike McCoy to their roster. McCoy hit .307 with 40 steals and 102 runs for Colorado Springs in the PCL this year before being called up to Colorado of the National League last Tuesday.

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