Francisco Peguero San Francisco Giants Prospect Minor League Photo

Francisco Peguero - CF
SF Giants #4 Rated Prospect - Baseball America Handbook

Scouting Trips:
Seen in person 6 times
A+ California League Games

Born: June 1, 1988  Bats: Right

Best Tool: SPEED! + Hitting for average.

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Francisco Peguero is a player who can do a little bit of everything.  His best tools are his speed and ability to hit for average.  His speed helps tremendously in the outfield where he typically plays CF or RF.  Peguero steps up to bat ready to hit and has above average power for a guy his size - 5-11' - 190 llbs.  During the 2009 and 2010 seasons he hit over .325 at the lower levels of the minor leagues for the Giants and Baseball America rated him the #4 prospect in the organization to start 2011.  Peguero was hurt to start the season and that kept him out until June.  I finally got a chance to see Peguero play during his first few games back in '11 at the Single A affiliate of the Giants - San Jose.  His speed is noticeable - and he can beat out hits that players with average to above average speed cannot. Peguero isn't the biggest guy in the world - but he makes loud contact - and I saw him hit a deep HR that was a no-doubter off his bat. In the outfield he didn't have much of a problem but I did notice he took a couple funny routes to balls - and there are some in the organization that think he is better served in RF.

Where Peguero ends up by the end of June is anyone's guess.  He has not ever played at AA or higher, but I almost think the Giants might skip AA with him and let him go straight to AAA Fresno. In over 1,600 AB's in 5+ minor league seasons he has a career average of .312.  He is still only 23 years old and I guess there is an outside chance he makes it all the way to San Francisco in 2011 as a September call-up.  Expect Peguero to compete for the CF or RF job in S.F. in 2012 or 2013.  The Giants have another speedy CF top prospect in Gary Brown - so they might work in Peguero at multiple OF spots as Brown profiles more as a true CF.

2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball featured prospect cards and autographs of the budding Giants star and prices have been modest in 2011 because of his injury. Now that he is healthy and could potentially move up the farm system quickly - expect savvy Giants fans to purchase their fair share of Peguero cards as he will most certainly get a shot to play in the big leagues at some point sooner rather than later.

Francisco Peguero SF Giants #4 Rated Prospect - San Jose

Francisco Peguero #23 San Jose Giants Minor League Picture

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Prices Dated June 14, 2011 - Check the link for current market value on eBay.

2010 Bowman Chrome Refractor Autograph #/500
Sold For: $11.25 + $2.75 s/h - June 6, 2011

2010 Bowman Chrome Francisco Peguero Ref Autograph /500

2010 Bowman Chrome Ref. Autograph Gold #/50
Sold For: $52.00 + $3.00 s/h - June 5, 2011

2010 Bowman Chrome Francisco Peguero Gold Ref Autograph /50


Gary Brown San Francisco Giants Top Prospect SJ Giants

Gary Brown - CF
SF Giants Top CF Prospect - Baseball America Handbook

Scouting Trips:
Seen in person 6 times
A+ California League Games

Born: September 28, 1988  Drafted: 1st Rd #24 2010 

Best Tool: SPEED!

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Gary Brown is the man. The 2010 1st round pick of the San Francisco Giants is a bundle of energy on the baseball field and could run his way to S.F. possibly sometime in 2012. As of June 5th, 2011 I've seen Brown play in person six times and he is a player to watch in the years to come. Gary Brown is fast - real fast. For Giants fans - think Darren Ford fast - but Brown may already have better instincts on the bases.  When Brown gets on base - which has been quite often during the first half of 2011 for the San Jose Giants - he runs at any moment. I really like his stance at 1st when he is taking his lead. His right hand is up in the air almost like he is carrying a torch - he then explodes and gets to full speed as quick as any player in the California League. The Cal State Fullerton alum is also a very good center fielder because of that great speed. He is able to get to balls with ease and while his arm is not world class - he would have went much higher in the 2010 Draft if that was the case. The Giants are very fortunate to have a player like this who could be just a few short years away from the top of the lineup in S.F.
One of the things I really like about Brown is the fact that it seems like he is always on the top step of the dugout even when he is not coming up to bat anytime soon. He is very nice to the fans at the ballpark as well - as are most of the San Jose Giants players - at all 6 games I've been to Gary Brown has signed autographs.  On the field I see a player who plays with great confidence and is very aggressive when he gets on base.  He has some pop in his bat as well. I've seen him hit 2 HR's in those 6 games, but I wouldn't say he will ever be a 20-25 HR guy especially playing in San Francisco. Somewhere in the 10-18 HR range with plenty of doubles and triples is what fans can expect.

He certainly has the potential to lead the league in stolen bases it's just a matter if he can get on base enough.  The defense in the lower levels of the minor leagues is really bad compared to the Major Leagues. Brown is able to get on base sometimes on plays that would be "routine" at the MLB level - and I've seen at least 2 or 3 hits that would have been outs if an above average defender was making the play. As he moves up in levels he will need to try and take more walks and improve his plate discipline. He keeps his hands low while batting and that should keep his strike zone tight.

I am a huge S.F. Giants fan and Gary Brown has quickly become one of my favorite players in the organization.  He might get the call to AA at some point during 2011 but the Giants may be cautious and take their time with him. They have another, very speedy outfielder named Francisco Peguero who will be playing in AAA by the end of June. But Brown was hitting near .370 on June 1st, 2011 so moving him up the latter wouldn't be outside the norm.

Gary Brown San Jose Giants Top Prospect - S.F. Giants 1st Round Pick


Gary Brown 2011 S.F. Giants Top Prospect

San Francisco Giants Top Prospect Gary Brown San Jose Minor Leagues



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Gary Brown Baseball Cards & Values

Prices Dated June 5, 2011 - Check the link for current market value on eBay.
2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Refractor Red #/5
Sold For: $93.00 + $2.00 s/h - May 24, 2011

2010 Bowman Chrome Red Gary Brown Refractor /5
2010 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Autograph #/50
Sold For: $102.50 + $2.99 s/h - June 5, 2011

Gary Brown 2010 Bowman Chrome AUTO GOLD REF RC /50

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Michael Choice Batting Stance Picture - Stockton Ports Oakland A's Prospect

Michael Choice - OF/CF
Oakland A's #3 Rated Prospect - Baseball America Handbook

Scouting Trip: April 18, 2011
Visalia Rawhide (Diamondbacks) vs. Stockton Ports (A's)
A+ California League Game

Born: Nov 10, 1989  Drafted: 1st Rd #10 2010  Bonus: $2 Million

Baseball America Handbook Listed : Ht: 6-0 Wt: 215
Stockton Ports Official Roster Listed: Ht: 6-0 Wt: 215

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I've seen Michael Choice play a few times now and I really like his cool comfortable demeanor out on the field. The Stockton Ports Gameday Program said that Choice hangs out with Torii Hunter in the off season so playing in A+ minor league ball must seem like nothing to Michael. The pitcher for Choice's first 3 AB's of the night was Arizona Diamondbacks top pitching prospect - left-hander Tyler Skaggs. Choice showed patience at the plate against Skaggs, drew a walk but was also frozen by a Skaggs curveball during his 2nd AB. A's fans should be excited that a young player like Choice already displays above average discipline at the plate. Choice was the #10 pick in the 2010 MLB Draft and he could end up in Oakland in a few short years.

The video is of Choice's 4th AB in the game against Rawhide right handed pitcher Diogenes Rosario.  You can see that Choice has an interesting foot curl as he begins to time up the pitch. He worked it to a 3-1 hitters count but flied out to RF.
2011 Picture Michael Choice Stockton Ports A+ Minor League
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Michael Choice Baseball Cards & Values

Prices Dated April 27, 2011 - Check the link for current market value on eBay.

2010 Bowman Chrome Red Refractor Autograph #/5
Sold For: $599.00 + Free s/h - April 15, 2011

2010 Bowman Chrome Michael Choice Red Border #/5

2010 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Autograph #/50
Sold For: $202.50 + $2.00 s/h - April 18, 2011

2010 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Michael Choice Autograph

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