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Giants, A’s take outfielders with top pick

The Associated Press

The San Francisco Giants selected speedy Cal State Fullerton center fielder Gary Brown with the 24th overall draft pick Monday, adding a player they believe can spark the top of a batting order.

Brown, batting .438 with six home runs and 41 RBIs, has been sidelined in recent weeks for the Titans’ postseason run because of a broken finger on his non-throwing left hand.

He has 31 stolen bases in 36 attempts and owns a .485 on-base percentage. The Giants like that he’s an aggressive hitter as a leadoff man who can make things happen on the bases with his speed.

Giants special assistant John Barr says he thinks Brown will be an everyday major league center fielder.

Meanwhile, the Oakland Athletics added some power with their top draft pick, selecting University of Texas-Arlington outfielder and slugger Michael Choice with the 10th selection.

The A’s are going to give Choice every opportunity to continue as a center fielder – and they expect to have him signed and on the field soon.

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A 6-foot, 215-pound right-handed hitter, Choice batted .383 with 16 home runs and 59 RBIs in his junior season on the way to being named the Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the Year. He led the nation with a school and conference record 76 walks and finished second in the country with a .568 on-base percentage.

Oakland had its highest draft pick since it selected lefty Barry Zito with the No. 9 overall choice in the 1999 draft.