The Giants agreed to sign first-round pick Gary Brown for about $1.3MM, according to Yahoo’s Kendall Rogers (on Twitter).
I didn’t say much about the Brown draft pick when it went down, but I’m not a huge fan of Brown’s hitting approach. In his last year at Cal State Fullerton Brown hit .438/.468/.695. Yes, notice that batting average, it’s nuts. While that batting average is quite nice, he’s not going to hit .400 in pro-ball. Brown was notorious for just-not-walking — in 210 at-bats he drew only 9 walks. That kind of plate approach will raise a few eyebrows even with the anti-walks brigade. The other quirk with Brown on offense is his batting stance. He quite literally dances about and moves his feet while in the box as evident by his draft day video. Brown’s best tool his is speed and overall athleticism. Reports are slightly mixed on his defense in CF, but most believe that he’ll be a plus-defender there once he gets settled.
The Giants will have to reel in Brown’s approach at the dish if he wants to succeed as a prospect. His bat-on-ball skills seem outstanding, but you can’t survive in pro-ball while walking 4% of the time. The good news is that if Brown’s baserunning and defensive abilities play true to his talents, he’s not going to have to overly excel on offense to be good. He just can’t be a black hole of stink. Then again, expecting the Giants to transform a free-swinger into a more disciplined hitter seems like a lofty proposition.
Recommended Reading on Brown
‘How Few Walks is Too Few?‘ - College Splits
‘An Alternative Look At The Giants’ First-Round Pick‘ - Triples Alley