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Arizona Fall League Wrap Up

By Amanda Gill

As I sit here watching the last inning of the Arizona Fall League Championship Game(Salt River defeated Surprise 9-2), I realize that we have talked about the Giants’ Arizona Fall League season in a while.

Three players from the San Francisco Giants organization spent time under the sun this offseason, playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions: Gary Brown, Joe Panik, and Brandon Crawford.

Gary Brown played centerfield this year in Arizona. He played 11 games, before being shut down when he became extremely sick. Tests were negative for Valley Fever, but they shut his season down anyway as a precaution. Brown hit .220 with one triple, two doubles, four RBI’s, one walk, and ten strikeouts. He is projected to go to Double-A Richmond during the 2012 season, as the Giants hope not to rush him to the Majors.

Joe Panik was named to the 2011 Arizona Fall League Top Prospects Team. He was also named to the AFL Rising Stars game this year, his first year out of St. John’s University. Scouting reports say that he is a solid middle infielder, “a real baseball player”, and that he “plays the game right”. During the offseason, he played second base(Brandon Crawford was playing shortstop) with a .323 average, two homeruns, six doubles, one triple, 13 RBI’s, nine walks, and ten strikeouts.
Personal Opinion here: This kid is GOOD. I don’t see him being a flash in the pan, he is an above average hitter and fielder. I see Panik making it up to Fresno pretty quickly.

And Brandon Crawford, who is getting married very soon! Congratulations on that.
The Crawfish played shortstop for the Scorpions, preparing to possibly(more likely than not) be the Opening Day shortstop for the Giants. Along with Panik, he was named to the AFL Top Prospects Team. While player in the winter, he enjoyed a 16 game hitting streak. He batted .276 with two doubles, two triples, two homeruns, 12 RBI’s, and 12 walks.