Aug. 31, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. - Former Cal State Fullerton first-round draft pick and current Class A Advanced San Jose Giants outfielder Gary Brown was named the California League Rookie of the Year on Wednesday.
Brown was one of three outfielders in the league selected to the postseason All-Star team. Earlier this year, Brown was named to the midseason California League All-Star team while also participating in the Major League Futures Game. Brown has already set the San Jose Giants single-season record for hits and is batting at a .393 (44-for-112) clip with six triples and four home runs during the month of August.
Brown currently ranks third in the Cal League in batting average (.338), first in hits (180), first in triples (13), third in stolen bases (49) and tied for sixth in on base percentage.
The speedy Brown was a Titan from 2008 to 2010 and set the Titans single-season batting average record in 2010 (.438) en route to becoming the Giants' 24th overall selection in the amateur draft. The centerfielder hit a career .357 for the Titans, logging 237 hits, 14 home runs and 108 RBI, and finished second all-time with 17 triples.
The Giants are currently 87-47 this year with only six games remaining in the regular season. San Jose has already clinched the top overall record in the California League and will open the postseason on Saturday, September 10 with Game One of the best-of-five North Division Series at Municipal Stadium. San Jose is attempting to become the first team in California League history to win three consecutive championships.
Additional information obtained from sjgiants.com