HOUSTON -- Center fielder Gary Brown heads the list of Giants farmhands selected to hone their skills with the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League, which begins play Oct. 9. Brown, rated San Francisco's No. 1 prospect in MLB.com's Prospect Watch, will participate in the AFL for the second straight year. He'll turn 24 on Sept. 28. The organization's top selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, Brown entered Wednesday batting .281 with seven home runs, 42 RBIs and 33 stolen bases in 51 tries for Double-A Richmond. Shortstop Joe Panik and first baseman Ricky Oropesa, who have spent this season with the Giants' Class A San Jose affiliate, also will play for the Scorpions. Pitchers are yet to be determined.
Rated the Giants' No. 5 prospect by MLB.com, Panik took a .294 batting average, a .368 on-base percentage, seven home runs and 75 RBIs into Wednesday. Panik, who will turn 22 on Oct. 30, was the Giants' top Draft pick last year. Oropesa, 23, entered Wednesday hitting .258 with 15 homers, 94 RBIs and a .418 slugging percentage. The left-handed-batting Oropesa, San Francisco's third-round pick in the 2011 Draft, is rated 14th among Giants prospects by MLB.com. Giants manager Bruce Bochy endorsed the AFL as a training ground for promising young players. He observed that winter leagues, by contrast, emphasize winning. "If you have a certain thing that you want your player to work on, the Fall League makes it a lot easier," Bochy said.