It’s almost that time of the year with Spring Training just a couple of weeks away. Everyone is starting to feel the excitement, so here is a little more San Francisco Giants news to get your baseball juices flowing.
Baseball America has released their top ten Giants prospects, and some players have slipped in the rankings, while others have moved up. Let’s talk about the big name that most Giants fans have already heard about, outfielder Gary Brown.
Brown was the Giants number one prospect in 2012. The expectations were that he would be the Giants future leadoff hitter. With all of his speed, he’s still the Giants future in center field. However, he must make some adjustments this year at the plate. He also needs to lower his caught stealing rate on the base paths. He was thrown out 18 times in 51 steal attempts in 2012. The speed is there, it’s just working on the right jumps.
After a great year in 2011 with the San Jose Giants, and a off year in AA-Richmond in 2012. Brown should be starting the year in AAA-Fresno. With his tools, I see Brown making the proper adjustments to get himself back on track to be the future leadoff man and center fielder for the Giants. There is no need to rush Brown, since the Giants have inked outfielder Angel Pagan to a 4-year deal. When Brown is ready to take over center field for the Giants Pagan will likely be shifted over to left field. If all goes well for Brown this season. He should be San Francisco bound in 2014.
With Brown’s struggles in 2012, he’s fallen from good graces in the prospect rankings. He went from number one in 2012 to number four in the Giants 2013 Top Prospects list. Only time will tell if Brown will bounce back!