Gary Brown hit another home run for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies tonight. Yes, the same Gary Brown who hit .180 with 1 HR in April now has 10 long balls (7 this month), and has an OPS of 1.148 over his last 9 games. Last season, Brown lost his status as an upper-level prospect in the eyes of many so-called prospect gurus (although many of us in Giants land didn’t think his season at AA Richmond was really that terrible). By the end of his first month in Fresno, nearly everyone who’d stayed on his bandwagon had written him off. Now, he’s red hot at the dish. Brown’s always been known as a plus defender, but it’s his much-hyped speed on the bases that isn’t showing up this season (9-16 in SB attempts).
With Angel Pagan shelved for who knows how long, I couldn’t see how promoting Brown at this point would hurt a team who’s had its share of blunders in the outfield. Juan Perez has provided a spark in only a handful of games since his promotion from Fresno, and I feel that Brown could do the same. The Giants could send down one of their backup catchers, and essentially use a platoon of Blanco and Torres in left, Brown and Perez in center. Crazy? Maybe, but I think the team could benefit from Brown’s speed, defense and pop. Just something that crossed my mind.