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The Giants expect Gary Brown to be ready for the Majors by 2014.
The top non-pitching prospect in the Giants' farm system is Gary Brown. He is a speedy outfielder and fine defensive player.
It is not certain if Brown will hit consistently at the Major League level. Brown is expected to start the 2013 season with the Giants' Triple-A affiliate in Fresno. The Giants are hoping he will be ready to assume a large role in San Francisco, in 2014.
Brown had an outstanding season of A-ball in 2011, with San Jose. He hit .336 with 14 home runs, 80 RBI, 115 runs scored and 53 stolen bases.
Brown is projected as a potential leadoff hitter, and his .407 OBP looked ideal. He also has some pop in his bat, as he finished the 2011 season with an OPS of .925.
The 2012 campaign was an entirely different story for Brown. He started slowly, and although he came on in the second half of the year, he was not nearly the offensive player the Giants saw in 2011.
Playing for the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels, Brown's average fell to .279 and his OBP dropped to .347. In roughly the same number of at-bats as he had the year before, Brown hit only seven home runs, had 42 RBI and scored 73 runs. His OBP fell to .731.
If Brown plays in San Francisco in 2014 or 2015, as many expect, look for him to struggle offensively. Brown will hit under .270 with an OBP less than .335.