February 20, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants outfielder Gary Brown (10) poses for a picture during photo day at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Each week, “Cow Tipping” will feature a San Francisco Giants’ prospect from one of our farm teams.
I chose this week’s “Cow Tipping” to be about a not so shining star, Centerfielder, Gary Brown. I always tend to lean towards the underdog because well, what’s not fun about cheering for the underdog? I saw this kid at Spring Training in 2013 and have been curious as to why it seems he has fallen off the radar this season.
Brown, a 1st round draft pick in the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft, is currently batting a .267, which is a far cry from his .336 when he was playing for the San Jose Giants in 2011.
The unfortunate side of baseball is there is always someone better than you, no matter how good you are. And when you’re in a slump, it’s hard to right the ship. This does not mean the San Francisco Giants have given up on Brown. He was added to the Giants’ 40-man roster during the 2014 off-season.
Overall, Brown has a .277 batting average, with 482 games played, 320 runs, and 38 home runs. In his 6 year career, he has climbed up the Minor League ladder going the usual route of Arizona League, Salem-Keizer, San Jose, Richmond, and now Fresno.
Now that Brown is on the 40-man roster, he no longer has to concern himself with whether or not the Giants want to keep him around. In fact, now he can concentrate on improving his swing and maybe stepping up when he’s needed most. In fact, on April 29, Brown hit an inside the ballpark home run against the El Paso Chihuahuas. In the Fresno Grizzlies’ last game on June 16 against the Omaha Storm Chasers, Brown hit a lead-off ground-rule double on a line drive to right field to start off the first inning.
Regardless of how bright Gary Brown’s star is shining currently, I suggest we keep an eye on this kid. No matter how far below the radar he’s flying.