While in the International League, Brown ranked among league leaders in most offensive categories with 83 runs (first), nine triples (second), 25 home runs (second) and a .523 slugging percentage (second). Brown, 26, posted a .285 batting average and 18 stolen bases in 126 games with the Chiefs.
Brown had motivation to have a good year in 2012. He was taken off the 40-man roster after last season and wanted to show the Nationals that he could stay healthy and be productive. In 2011, Brown acknowledged that he put too much pressure on himself. He also suffered an ankle injury and a staph infection.
"It was a lot that hovered over me," Brown said. "As the season went on, I struggled and started to put pressure on myself. This season, I got taken off the 40-man and I realized that I had to put last year behind me and concentrate first on my health. ... I was able to get a lot of confidence back. In the spring, I felt like I did really well. And I think that helped going into the season, which I believed I lacked last year. This year, I was able to contribute to my best season."