Giants prospect Brown focused on improving
Team's top pick in 2010 does well in All-Star Futures Game
PHOENIX -- Speed is a big part of Gary Brown's game and his skills are developing quickly, but the Giants prospect is not in a big rush to get the big leagues.
"I don't think about that. If you start thinking about going to the big leagues, you'll probably go 0-for-20 or 0-for-30," said Brown, who was one of four outfielders on the U.S. Team in the 2011 XM Futures Game on Sunday. "It's about staying in the moment and focusing on the job you have to do right now."
Brown's ability to focus on the present is part of the reason for his success this season. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound outfielder is hitting .316 with 21 doubles, six triples and 51 RBIs for High Class A San Jose. He's stolen 35 bases and is considered one of the fastest players in the Minor Leagues.
"I feel like I'm doing good," Brown said. "My goal is to end the season better than I started and become a better player every year. This is my first full season and I want to learn how to get better every day."
Viewed by some as San Francisco's leadoff hitter and center fielder of the future, Brown was ranked the No. 3 prospect in the Giants' organization by MLB.com behind first baseman/outfielder Brandon Belt and right-hander Zack Wheeler. He was San Francisco's first-round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Cal State Fullerton and is making the adjustment to the professional ranks.
"The most important for me is the mental game, the playing every day and that's what I am learning right now," he said. "When you are in college, you play four games a week and then you just hang with your buddies right after, but it's different here."
On Sunday, Brown started in center field and went 1-for-2. He hit a single to right field in the fifth inning and stole second base. He advanced to third base on a balk by Martin Perez (Rangers) and scored on a double by Grant Green (Athletics) to push the U.S. team ahead, 3-0.
"I'm the new guy around here, so I am just taking it all in," Brown said. "I'm having a great time. It's been awesome."