The Giants made 21 cuts Friday, including their top hitting prospect, outfielder Gary Brown, who is destined for Triple-A. Hitting .259 might have expedited his assignment to minor-league camp.

Hitting .412 is another story. That's Francisco Peguero's average, and he suddenly has a decent chance to make the Opening Day roster. His 14 hits are two fewer than team leader Brandon Belt has.

"He might be a front-runner to be the extra outfielder," general manager Brian Sabean said. "He's making a conscious effort to use the whole field and has had much better at-bats against right-handed pitching. He's played a lot of baseball, including winter ball. Maybe this is his time to come on."