SAN FRANCISCO -- Outfielder Gary Brown has been chosen as the Giants' representative in the XM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played on All-Star Sunday at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Brown, ranked the No. 3 prospect in the Giants' organization by MLB.com behind first baseman/outfielder Brandon Belt and right-hander Zack Wheeler, was San Francisco's first-round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. Heralded for his plus-plus speed and his ability to wreak havoc on the basepaths, Brown is batting .328 with 32 stolen bases in 67 games for High-A San Jose this season.
Brown is following in the Futures Game footsteps of Wheeler, his teammate in San Jose who represented the Giants in last year's contest. The right-handed hitter makes consistent contact and has complemented his blazing speed with plenty of pop at the plate, picking up 17 doubles, four triples and six home runs this season for the High-A Giants. Viewed as San Francisco's leadoff hitter and center fielder of the future, Brown also owns a .477 slugging percentage and .398 on-base percentage this year, having drawn 25 walks while striking out 48 times.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Brown is one of five outfielders on the U.S. Team, joining former No. 1 overall pick Bryce Harper, among others.
The 13th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday on Taco Bell All-Star Sunday, July 10, at 3 p.m. PT. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175. MLB.com will provide complete coverage before, during and after the game, and you can keep up to date by following @MLBFutures on Twitter. Fans can join the Futures Game conversation by tagging tweets with #mlbfutures.
Major League Baseball, along with with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America, USA Baseball and the 30 Major League Baseball clubs, selected the 25-man rosters for each club. Each organization is represented, and the World Team features players from 12 countries and territories. Players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to participate.