FRESNO, CA - The San Francisco Giants announced today that they have purchased the contract of Grizzlies infielder Brett Pill. Pill was named both the team's Offensive Player of the Year, as well as its Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row last weekend before the final home game of the 2011 season.
The 26-year-old San Dimas, CA native has spent all of the last two seasons in Fresno, hitting in the middle of manager Steve Decker's lineup nearly every day. The Cal State Fullerton product, originally selected in the seventh round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, has played in 273 of the team's 282 games over the past two years, combining to hit .294 (310-for-1,056) with 70 doubles, 41 home runs and 191 RBI over that span.
Pill was having one of the best seasons in franchise history at the time of his call-up, having set new career highs with his .312 batting average and 25 home runs. He led the Grizzlies and ranked among PCL leaders in at-bats (536), hits (167), RBI (107), doubles (36), extra-base hits (64) and total bases. He falls just two doubles and two RBI shy of setting new franchise record in each category.
With this roster move, Pill becomes the 13th player to spend time with both the Grizzlies and Giants this season. However, along with pitcher Steve Edlefsen, he is one of only two Grizzlies to be called up for his Major League debut this season.
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