Giants prospect Gary Brown, a center fielder who spent all of 2011 with the Single-A San Jose Giants and was named the California League Rookie of the Year, added another postseason award to his haul when he was named MiLB.com's Best Class-A Advanced Hitter."I don't think there's anything he can't do," San Jose manager Andy Skeels told the website.Brown, 23, put together an impressive stats package that completely supports his skipper's stance. The 24th overall pick in the 2010 draft, Brown, who played college ball at Cal-State Fullerton, led the Cal League in hits (188, a San Jose record) and triples (13); he finished second in the league in total bases (290), runs (115) and stolen bases (53); and he finished third in batting average (.336).He also hit 14 homers with 80 RBIs and a .407 on-base percentage, batting leadoff every time he played, and he shined on defense while playing 120 of his 131 games in center. His eye-popping all-around game earned him an invitation to play in the Futures Game in Phoenix this July in conjunction with the MLB All-Star Game festivities.Its a huge thrill, Brown told CSNBayArea.com after taking batting practice at the Futures Game. This environment is pretty special.Now Brown is back in the desert, playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, and Giants general manager Brian Sabean has been impressed with what he's seen despite Brown's pedestrian numbers (.220 batting average, .278 OBP in 50 at-bats through Wednesday)."Brown's played real nice in the outfield," Sabean told CSNBayArea.com. "He's showing maybe a little bit of fatigue, which is normal after his first long professional season; the weather's been very warm down here. But he's had some nice at-bats. "You can see where his talent's gonna be coming to the forefront in the near future, hopefully."
Anything you can do, I can do better.
A day after the Giants called up top prospect Christian Arroyo, the Dodgers have summoned their top prospect Cody Bellinger.
Like Arroyo, Bellinger is 21 years old. But the Dodgers' first base prospect is more highly touted.
Entering the 2017 season, Baseball America had Bellinger ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect in baseball while ESPN's Keith Law had him at No. 6. Since the beginning of the season, with prospects ahead of him graduating to the major leagues, Bellinger moved up to No. 3 on Law's list.
Arroyo and Bellinger are getting a taste of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry right away. Arroyo made his debut Monday and batted sixth. On Tuesday, Bellinger is batting eighth against Ty Blach and playing left field.
In 18 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Bellinger hit .343/.429/.627 with four doubles, five home runs, 15 RBI and seven stolen bases.
To make room on the 25-man roster, the Dodgers optioned outfielder Brett Eibner to Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Joe Gunkel was designated for assignment.
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A day after going 0-for-4 in his major league debut, Christian Arroyo gets to face Clayton Kershaw Tuesday and he's batting second.
Los Angeles Dodgers:
1. Enrique Hernandez (R) CF
2. Corey Seager (L) SS
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
5. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
6. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
7. Chris Taylor (R) 2B
8. Cody Bellinger (L) LF
9. Clayton Kershaw (L) P
San Francisco Giants:
1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Christian Arroyo (R) 3B
3. Eduardo Nunez (R) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Nick Hundley (R) C
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Ty Blach (R) P