The Giants farm system isn’t exactly stocked with MLB ready talent, but that doesn’t mean they lack impact players who’ll make their presence known shortly. Among those is fan favorite Gary Brown, who impressed at San Jose this past season – putting up a lofty .336 average to go with 53 stolen bases an 80 RBI in just 131 games.
MLB.com ranked their top 10 outfield prospects recently, where Brown came in as the game’s 8th best outfielder behind soon to be superstars like Mike Trout and Bryce Harper:
"Many felt Brown should have been promoted midseason in 2011, but theres nothing wrong with not rushing things. Brown finished in the California Leagues top five in several offensive categories, including stolen bases and batting average. His plus plus speed makes him a perfect future leadoff hitter, especially as he gains better understanding of what he needs to do atop a lineup, one with a little power to boot. It also helps make him a plus defensive center fielder. Hell move up to Double-A to start the year, but dont be surprised to see him in San Francisco before the year is over."
Brown might only see a cup of coffee near season end when rosters expand, but in a season or two – he’ll be tearing up the basepaths at AT&T much to the delight of Giant fans across the country.
And with the way the Panda and Giraffe hats have been selling, he’s also going to make somebody who creates a cheetah hat a nice little retirement fund.
…..now where did I put that thread and needle.