SF Giants Prospects

Giants’ Gary Brown Wins Best Class A Advanced Hitter Award

By Bryan Rose

Top Giants prospect Gary Brown had quite an impressive 2011 (BUT HE DOESNT WALK!!!K!!1113!!!!), finishing the campaign with a gaudy .336 average to go with 53 stolen bases and a .407 OBP%. Granted, the stats did come in the offensively inspired California League but trying to take anything away from his season would be absurd.

Brown was recently awarded Best Class A Advanced Hitter by MiLB thanks to his fantastic year in A-Ball:

"Brown, awarded the MiLBY for Best Class A Advanced Hitter, enjoyed a complete season offensively, finishing among the Cal League’s top three leaders in batting (third, .336), runs (second, 115), hits (first, 188, a franchise record), triples (first, 13), total bases (second, 290) and steals (second, 53). Spending 120 of his 131 games in center, San Francisco’s No. 1 prospect wasn’t shabby defensively either.“I don’t think there’s anything he can’t do,” Skeels said. “When he gets to the Majors, can he do some of the same things that he did in the Minor Leagues? He’ll have that opportunity.”Though it would seem logical for Brown, 23, to begin 2012 in Double-A Richmond, all Giants director of player development Fred Stanley would commit to was, “He’ll move through our system quickly.”"

Andrew Pentis, contributor to MiLB.com had a solid piece on Brown and his season which you can find by clicking here. Brown talks about the trade rumors circling him before the Wheeler move in addition to what Brown feels was his biggest disappointment during this past year.