We continue the list today with number 58 in our countdown with Cal-State infielder/outfielder Gary Brown. He is from Diamond Bar, California where he attended Diamond Bar High School. He was a three year letter winner under former Cal-State Fullerton player Rich Gonzalez. His senior season saw him hit.612 with 4 home runs while being named the Sierra League’s Most Valuable Player, garnered All-CIF and All-Inland Valley First Team recognition, and was tabbed a second-team All-American by Baseball America. Brown was selected in the 12th round by the Oakland A’s in the 2007 MLB Draft.
He made an immediate impact into the Fullerton baseball program in 2008 when he played in 61 games including 55 starts. He finished the season with a .292 batting average with five homers and 27 RBI. After struggling early in the season in the adjustment to College Baseball he hit .336 (45-for-134) over the remaining 42 games of the year. He also set the Fullerton rookie record for stolen bases with 25 in 28 attempts. He was honored as a Freshman All-American for both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball and was a Big West Conference Honorable Mention as a utility player.
Brown had a breakout season in 2009 when he finished fifth on the team with a .340 average with three homers and 40 RBI in 63 games including 61 starts. He was fantastic on the basepaths again as he picked up 23 in 31 attempts. He played the summer of 2009 in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Orleans Firebirds. He finished the season with a .310 average which was good enough for second on the squad. He also hit two homers and 14 RBI while being named to the CCBL All-Star game which he went 0-2 with two strikeouts against some dominating pitching. He was also named All-League in the CCBL at the end of the season. Baseball America named him the 17th best pro prospect in the league this summer.
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