SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Gary Brown wasnt a candidate to makethe Giants opening-day roster, but the clubs top prospect was expected to geta lengthy look this spring maybe even lasting to the final trims in the BayBridge exhibition games.
Instead, the Giants reassigned Brown to minor league camp Fridaymorning. Hes expected to open the season at Double-A Richmond, where helllearn to compete against higher-level pitching.
Although he set a Single-A San Jose franchise record with188 hits last season, Brown got sick in the Arizona Fall League and he wasntable to generate much momentum this spring.
He hit .182 (2 for 11) in seven games and was caughtstealing in two of three attempts. He struck out three times and didnt draw awalk.
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Brown, who hits with his hands pinned close to his body, mightneed to make a few adjustments as he learns to cover the plate against pitcherswho are much more effective at hitting the outside corner.
The Giants might have kept the 23-year-old in camp a littlelonger if not for the emergence of minor league free agent Gregor Blanco, whohas turned himself from a roster longshot to a fairly straightforward choice asthe clubs No.4 outfielder. Theres still three weeks of the spring to go,though.
Because Brown is not on the 40-man roster, he can be brought back to participate in Cactus League games.