With how well Gregor Blanco has done in the leadoff spot for the San Francisco Giants, former first round draft pick Gary Brown has hardly been talked about. However, he is not forgotten. Most Giants’ fans know the name of the CSU FUllerton graduate. ‘The center fielder/leadoff man of San Francisco’s future”. Despite the fact that Brown was only in Single A last year, many fans were begging for the Giants to call him up to the big leagues; especially with all the leadoff woes of last year.
This year Brown was moved up to the Double-A Eastern League and is currently playing for the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Through 52 games, Brown has 49 hits in 203 at-bats, with seven doubles, one triple and 16 RBI’s for a .241 average.
Gary Brown (a right-handed batter) is currently struggling against right-handed pitchers, batting .211 against them, in comparison to his .333 average against lefties.
An issue that scouts have been concerned with are his strikeouts. As a leadoff batter, putting the ball in play and being able to work a walk are pertinent skills. Brown is currently at a rate of about two strikeouts per each walk. With his speed (53 stolen bases last year, 14 so far this season), Gary Brown needs to work on his walk rate before he can become the leadoff man for the San Francisco Giants.