The team also optioned pitchers
Brown hit .231/.286/.375 with 13 home runs, 50 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 558 at-bats with Triple-A Fresno last season. Duvall hit .252/.320/.465 with 17 home run and 58 RBI in 385 at-bats with Double-A Richmond.
Flores went 10-6 with a 2.73 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 137:17 K:BB ratio in 141 2/3 innings over 22 starts with Class A Augusta. Strickland went 1-0 with a 0.86 ERA, 0.71 WHIP and 23:5 K:BB ratio in 21 innings with high Class A San Jose.
The 2010 first-round pick, who was considered the Giants' No. 1 prospect by MLB.com prior to the 2012 season, is batting .242 with a .416 slugging percentage, .716 OPS, five triples, 11 home runs, 24 doubles, 44 RBI, 62 runs and 12 stolen bases in 93 games.
Brown also has one home run, two triples, six doubles, 10 RBI and 23 runs. He has two stolen bases, eight walks and 28 strikeouts. MLB.com considers Brown the Giants' second-best prospect.
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Hembree and Kieschnick, although lesser-known, could find their way to San Francisco sooner. Hembree struggled a little in 2012 as he jumped from High-A to Triple-A and battled an elbow strain, but his 4.19 ERA belied a solid 1.16 WHIP, and he struck out a batter per inning. Although there's little room for him in the closer mix at the major-league level, Hembree, who throws in the mid-90s, could eventually join the bullpen as a low-ratio, high-strikeout middle reliever.
Kieschnick is a big-swinging outfielder who hit .295 with 15 home runs in 234 at-bats last year. He missed three months after fracturing his left shoulder against an outfield wall trying to make a catch on a home run. With the Giants probably juggling Gregor Blanco and Andres Torres in left this season, it's not unlikely to think if they're hurting for runs, and Kieschnick gets off to a hot start, he could get the call. This is pure deep-league talk, but if I'm picking an NL-only reserve (or even a dynasty league reserve), I'd probably go for Kieschnick first out of these three players.
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