It looks like one of the most exciting parts of this season for Giants fans will be the intrasquad games at the alternate training site in Sacramento.
First-round pick Patrick Bailey has signed his contract with the Giants, the team announced Wednesday.
MLB.com's Jim Callis reported that it's an under-slot deal, and that Bailey will be added to the 60-man player pool. He'll join fellow catching prospect Joey Bart and other top minor leaguers who otherwise have no way of getting reps in Sacramento.
1st-rder Patrick Bailey signs with @SFGiants for $3.8 million (slot 13 value = $4,197,300). North Carolina State C, top C prospect in @MLBDraft, solid power from both sides of plate, solid arm & receiver as well. Will be added to 60-man pool. #WearAMask— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) July 1, 2020
With Bailey and Chad Tromp joining the pool, the Giants have six catchers set to be in summer camp. Either Tyler Heineman or Rob Brantly will win the job to back up Buster Posey and the other one seems a good bet to travel on the taxi squad, so Bart, Tromp and Bailey could be the ones spending two months catching bullpens and working on their skills in Sacramento. Intrasquad games are allowed up there, meaning Bart and Bailey could find themselves on opposite sides quite often as the Giants work to get competitive reps in.
The Giants ultimately hope they're in the big leagues together, stabilizing the catcher position for the next decade. Bailey was taken with the 13th overall pick in last month's draft. He reportedly signed well under the slot value of that pick, although the Giants reportedly have signed third-round pick Kyle Harrison for to a deal well over slot.
Earlier this week, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said the Giants would add additional prospects to their player pool. Assuming Hunter Bishop is included once he recovers from the coronavirus, the Giants would have five of their top prospects in camp: Bart, Bailey, Bishop, Heliot Ramos and Marco Luciano.
"Particularly on the prospect front, there's some guys that we've obviously named already," Zaidi said. "Other guys are under consideration, and we may just wind up adding certain guys once Sacramento is up and running and potentially send guys straight there."
With Bailey, Tromp and Bishop, the Giants would be at 54 players in their pool of 60.
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