There always seems to be a player that comes out of left field (or in this case, center field) and surprises. This year, it's Gary Brown.
Don't expect Brown to be on the Opening Day roster because he won't be. Don't expect him to be called up by the All-Star break because, in all likelihood, he won't be.
But, despite reports to the contrary, the Giants' top prospect will be ready to contribute to the Major League club sometime in 2012.
Brown is an electric outfielder who is blessed with top-notch speed, plus fielding ability and a well above-average bat.
Brown had a stellar 2011 season as a member of the San Jose Giants in high-A ball, amassing a .336 batting average, 80 RBI and 53 steals on his way to California League Rookie of the Year honors.
Whether or not Brown's hitting ability translates to the Major Leagues remains to be seen, but there's no denying that the talent is there.
Should Melky Cabrera, Nate Schierholtz or Angel Pagan falter, you can expect to hear a lot of people clamoring for Brown to be called up.
Again, Brown's early season impact with the club will be nonexistent, as he is likely to begin the season in AA Richmond. But if an outfield spot opens up as the season progresses, look for Brown to come in and shine in San Francisco.