Cardinals grab Gary Brown off Waivers

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The Cardinals was able to pick the Giants former top prospect off of waivers. The Giants General Manager Bobby Evans was surprised that Brown got claimed. Evans said “We’re not surprised he got claimed. We weren’t sure he would. He’s been a pleasure to work with. Sorry to see him go, but as I told him, ‘It’s an opportunity. Take advantage of it.’”  The Cardinals will assign him to the Memphis AAA team.

Brown, 26, was a 1st round draft pick (24th player overall) by the Giants in 2010 out of Cal State Fullerton University and has compiled a career .277 batting average with 44 HR’s, 227 RBI and 141 stolen bases in 550 games played in the minors.   

The 6-1, 190-pound Brown batted .271 with 10 HR’s, 53 RBI and 36 stolen bases for Fresno (AAA) last season.  Brown also appeared in seven games with San Francisco in 2014 (.429; 3-for-7) and he played in one of the Giants’ Division Series games against the Washington Nationals last October.

The Diamond Bar, Calif. native appeared in 22 games for the Giants during Spring Training.

I am hoping that Brown will return to is 2011 form when he played with San Jose Giants of the California League. He was named California League Rookie of the Year] Brown was also selected to participate in the 2011 All Star Futures Games  at Chase Field Phoenix. For the season, he batted .336 in 559 at bats and set a franchise record for hits with 188 He also had 13 triples, 14 home runs and 80 RBIs while stealing 53 bases in 72 attempts. He was named an outfielder on Baseball America’​s 2011 Minor League All Star team Brown was added to the Giants 40-man roster on November 20, 2013.

Source: MLB

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