POKES IN THE PROS - NEBASETT BROWN

After a slow start to his pro career, Nebasett Brown is moving up quickly in the Arizona Diamondbacks' farm system. <BR><BR> Brown, a former second baseman for OSU, was promoted three weeks ago to the Double-A El Paso Diablos. Through his first 18 games, Brown batted ..328 with seven RBIs, six stolen bases and no errors for El Paso.

Nebasett Brown joined El Paso from Single-A Lancaster (Calif.), where he batted ..290 with 31 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in a half-season. He has made significant progress after batting .185 as a pro rookie in 2002 at short-season Yakima (Wash.), where he was sent after being Arizona's 11th-round draft choice.

After transferring from Yavapai (Ariz.) Junior College, Brown was a three-year starter at OSU from 2000-02. He batted a career-high .381 to earn a selection to the All Big-12 first team. Brown's season also included an 18-game hitting streak. He ended the year by hitting .440 in the Big 12 tournament and .500 in an NCAA regional.

In 2002, Brown was a Big-12 second team selection as he batted .318. Brown had the go-ahead RBI single in the 14th inning to help win the Bedlam Series opener against Oklahoma.

Brown is scheduled to play as a pro for the first time in Oklahoma when El Paso visits Tulsa at Drillers Stadium on July 18-21.

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