Cardinals claim Brown off waivers from Giants

Former first-round Draft pick assigned to Triple-A Memphis

Cardinals claim Brown off waivers from Giants

The Cardinals claimed outfielder Gary Brown off waivers from the Giants on Friday after San Francisco designated him for assignment earlier in the week.

Brown was San Francisco's first-round pick (24th overall) in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and was No. 25 on the Giants' Top 30 Prospects list. The 26-year-old Cal State Fullerton product made his Major League debut last September with San Francisco and went 3-for-7 with one RBI in seven games.

Brown put up huge numbers early in his Minor League career. In 2011, his first full pro season, he hit .336/.407/.519 with 14 home runs and 53 steals for Class A Advanced San Jose. Brown never replicated that offensive success, and he hit .271/.329/.394 with 10 homers, 36 steals and 119 strikeouts for Triple-A Fresno last season.

A right-handed batter, Brown has played center field almost exclusively, and he has stolen 141 bases (in 210 attempts) over 550 Minor League games.

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