SAN FRANCISCO -- With the Giants' current center fielder and leadoff man on the shelf due to injury, the player the Giants hope is their future at both positions was at AT&T Park on Saturday.
Gary Brown, the Giants' first-round pick and 24th overall selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, was in town for the three-game weekend series against the Brewers. Unfortunately, the speedy center fielder couldn't step on the field and fill the void of Andres Torres.
"I've got to pay my dues, I've got to do it like everyone else," Brown said with a laugh.
Brown missed the end of Cal State Fullerton's regular season and its trip to the College World Series because of a broken middle finger, but said it is fully healed. He played in 12 games for Rookie-level Arizona and six games for Class A Salem-Keizer, combining to hit .159 (7-for-44) with eight runs scored and one stolen base in two attempts. He also worked out with Class A Advanced San Jose during its final game but didn't play.
"I definitely am glad I got my feet wet. It's a lot different from college ball," said Brown, who will leave in a few days for instructional league. "You've got to get that pitch, you can't miss it. I'm glad to be learning the ropes, at least a little bit, before I got to instructs ... and get some more pro ball experience under my belt."
During the experience, Brown said he learned he needs to improve his bunting and baserunning, the former an aspect of the game not many young players choose to focus on. When asked why he feels inclined to work on it, Brown responded, "I run fast.
"I like to get on base and if I put I anywhere on the grass in a decent spot, I'm going to be safe," Brown said. "That's almost a sure thing if I get it down in a good area."