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1.24 San Francisco Giants - Gary Brown, OF, Cal State Fullerton

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The Giants selected Gary Brown. Here's his profile:

 

Gary Brown   Position: OF   School: Cal State Fullerton   State: CA   Year: Jr.   Height: 6’1’’   Weight: 180

Bats: R   Throws: R   Birth Date: 9/28/88   Seiler Rating: 1B2   Last Drafted: 2007 (OAK-12)

 

Year

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

2008

61

195

46

57

7

2

5

27

25

3

18

25

.292

.374

.426

2009

63

259

64

88

17

7

3

40

23

8

14

33

.340

.403

.494

2010

48

210

62

92

20

8

6

41

31

5

9

12

.438

.485

.695


Gary Brown is a quick center fielder from Cal State Fullerton. Originally from Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar, California, a town about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, Brown has come a long way since his high school days. A versatile middle infielder in high school, he was considered a solid prospect with solid tools.  He was deliberated over for the first day of the 2007 draft, but fell to the A’s in the twelfth round and they failed to sign him. He was an immediate starter at Fullerton, and he hasn’t looked back. He started at second and third base during his first two years, but a move to the outfield this season, a result of Josh Fellhauer (Reds, 7th) being drafted last year, has shown something new. He is a plus hitter with plus contact skills, but he has shown little patience at the plate and has below-average pop.  However, he’s a gap-to-gap hitter with the ability to both hit doubles and bunt for a base hit. He’s a plus-plus runner with plus-plus range in center field and incredible instincts for a player with limited experience in the outfield. His arm is solid-average, plenty to carry the position. The whole defensive package is the best in the draft class for center field and many scouts predict him to be a gold glove winner. A late-season broken finger clouds his stock a little bit, but scouts have had plenty of time to see him. Brown looks like a surefire first round pick, likely in the second half of the round.