Brown, who ranked second in the Pacific Coast League with 36 stolen bases for Triple-A Fresno this season, can pinch-run if necessary. Bochy expressed confidence in his ability to bunt, resulting from his experience as a leadoff batter. He also can serve as a defensive replacement.
Brown also inspired the Giants' confidence in the two games he played against San Diego during the regular season's final weekend, when the club's No. 1 selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft went 3-for-5.
"He found ways to get hits," Bochy said. "He is a grinder."
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