General manager Brian Sabean has not made any improvements in left field this offseason (no, bringing back Andres Torres does not count), which suggests he is content heading into 2013 with Gregor Blanco manning the position.
This is just speculation, but it could also mean that he is allowing for outfield prospect Gary Brown to claim a role with the big club at some point in the upcoming season.
Brown is not an elite prospect, but he has been the best player in the Giants’ minor league system the past two seasons. So Giants fans have been clamoring to see what he can do with the big club.
Impressive numbers during his 2011 season with Single-A San Jose (.336 average, 14 home runs, 80 RBI, 53 stolen bases) are not very telling since the California League is so hitter-friendly. His less impressive numbers at Double-A Richmond in 2012 (.279-7-42-33, along with 19 failed steal attempts) are not very telling since the Eastern League is so pitcher-friendly.
So what can Giants fans expect when Brown reaches the major leagues? It’s difficult to predict, but the best-case scenario is probably a right-handed version of St. Louis outfielder Jon Jay.
What Giants fans want to see is San Francisco’s next young star who will give the lineup a .300 hitter at the top of the order and an electrifying presence on the base paths and in the outfield.