There’s something strange going on in San Francisco, most notably at AT&T Park. The San Francisco Giants aren’t winning games at home like years past, and to make matters worse they are even worse on the road. Talk radio here in The City is blowing up with calls from fans clamoring for change and giving suggestions for what the Giants need to do. Fans aren’t experts by any stretch but I think the fans are onto some pretty slick ideas. One idea in particular I had today-who can we call up from the minor leagues and plug into the lineup for instant results? Today’s player focus: Gary Brown.
Gary Brown was drafted by the Giants in the 1st round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft (24th overall). His name has been tossed around so much that I’m very surprised he hasn’t even received one call up to the major leagues in his three plus years of minor league service. To put things into perspective, Mike Kickham the Giants 6th round selection in the same draft has even logged some Major League innings this year. Some will argue that the pitching staff needed some rotation help once Ryan Vogelsong went down to injury but when Kickham got roughed up in every game he appeared in it was obvious he wasn’t ready for the big time.
I believe if the Giants were to call up Gary Brown he would provide an instant kick in the rear for this team, be a solid leadoff hitter, and play some awesome defense out in center field. Angel Pagan is supposed to return to action around September 1st, but why not just rest him up the rest of this season and see what Brown can accomplish here. September 1st is also ironically the day the MLB rosters expand to 40 men. All signs point to this being a no brainer: Gregor Blanco and Andres Torres have gone a combined 4-46 in their last 10 games. There has been absolutely zero production on their end. Marco Scutaro has filled in nicely at the top of the lineup but why not slide him back down and insert Brown to leadoff.
There is nothing but positives that can be taken out of the Brown experience. He’s a great hitter that can get on base and once there will be a terror on the base pads with his speed. In case everyone is wondering the kid is fast…very fast. So c’mon Giants what is there to lose this season? The time of talk saying Gary Brown just isn’t ready is nearing an end, the winds of change are blowing here in San Francisco.