Brown was the 24th pick of the 2010 MLB Free Agent Draft in the 2010 out of Cal State-Fullerton. After being named one of San Francisco’s top prospects, the track to the majors has been anything but easy for the speedster.
There has never been a question about the speed Brown possess, but questions on whether his bat was going to be able play at the next level have risen since he was drafted.
A solid second professional season in 2011 saw Brown slash .336/.407/.519 with 14 home runs, 13 triples and 34 doubles in 131 games for High-A San Jose. He also stole 53 bases while being caught a concerning 19 times. While there was promise after this season, his numbers have steadily decreased as he has climbed the minor league ladder.
During 2012, Brown earned a promotion to Double-A Richmond. A lot was to be expected of the former first-round pick. Unfortunately during his 134-game stint, he saw his slash line dip to .279/.347/.385 with just seven home runs and two triples. He did finish with 32 doubles and 33 stolen bases, but once again he was caught an alarming 18 times.
The shine on Brown’s star was almost extinguished during the 2013 season. After being promoted to Triple-A Fresno, Brown proceeded to slash .231/.286.375 with 13 home runs, six triples and 29 doubles. The power numbers were the only real promising statistics to look at as the speedster continued to struggle to steal bases, stealing 17 bases in 28 attempts.
Brown bounced back in 2014, slashing .271/.329/.394 with 10 home runs, six triples and 24 doubles in 136 games. While his average bounced back up, Brown still struggled to grasp the running game, stealing 36 bases in 56 attempts.
While the concerns regarding whether Brown can handle the bat at the MLB level are still there, he is just entering his 26-year-old season, making him a prime candidate to try in left field as the Giants look for someone to man the position into the future.
Defensively, Brown has primarily played centerfield with just 21 total games played in left during his minor league career. The positive to take from his minimal time in left field is that he has never made an error and he has three outfield assists from the position.
The true test to see if Brown is a potential starter in left or a fourth outfielder during 2015 will be spring training.
Two additional players could find their way into some innings in left field, although neither player is really an ideal person to be the every day