While Kyle Harrison and Marco Luciano headline a farm system that has improved in recent years, there is another prospect who is beginning to make a lot of noise.
SF Giants outfield prospect is "best prospect that nobody knows about"
Robert Murray of Fansided talked about how Harrison has quickly emerged as one of the best pitcing prospects in baseball with many scouts labeling him as a "future star." However, he dropped a nugget about a lesser-known outfield prospect in the Giants system.
Vaun Brown has torched Low-A pitching in his first full season as a professional and his performance is beginning to garner a lot of attention. A rival scout confirmed to Murray that Brown might be the "best prospect that nobody knows about."
Brown was originally selected in the 10th round of the 2021 draft by the Giants out of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. Oddly enough, the Giants focused heavily on drafting pitching prospects in last year's draft, picking 9 pitchers before the first position player was selected.
That first position player was Brown. In parts of five seasons at Florida Southern College, the right-handed bat slashed .285/.374/.468 with 28 home runs, 28 doubles, 101 RBI, and 140 runs scored. This includes a 7.4 percent walk rate against a 20.7 percent strikeout rate.
He does not necessarily draw walks at an unusually high rate, but he does have a knack for getting on base. He reached base via a hit by a pitch in 5.1 percent of his plate appearances as well and that is a trend that has continued as a pro.
In his first stint as a pro, Brown slashed .354/.480/.620 (185 wRC+) with two homers, 14 RBI, and 24 runs in 98 plate appearances in the Rookie League. It is not uncommon for a college bat to produce at this type of level in the Rookie League.
Those numbers have continued against Low-A pitching as well. The 23-year-old prospect has registered a .351/.434/.656 line (180 wRC+) with 11 home runs, 27 RBI, and 35 runs in 173 plate appearances. This includes a 9.8 percent walk rate against a 24.9 percent strikeout rate.
He is also an aggressive base runner, swiping 14 bags in 15 attempts so far in 2022. That said, it is not just what he is doing at the plate but how he is doing it. The video below shows Brown posting some strong exit velocity readings in a recent game.
The Giants have been aggressively rewarding prospects with promotions recently including Kyle Harrison, Mason Black, Armani Smith, and Mat Olsen. Brown is performing well in a league where he is on the older side, so it is just a matter of time before he is promoted to the next level. Regardless, he has been opening some eyes in his brief career as a pro.