The Giants continued a trend this year in the 2019 MLB Draft. For the fifth straight year, San Francisco picked a hitter over a pitcher with their top draft pick.
President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi had a clear plan this year: Find some big bats. A pitcher's name wasn't called by the Giants until the eighth round this year.
With offense on the Giants' mind, here's how the team's top five picks performed in their first crack of the minor leagues this year.
Hunter Bishop, OF, No. 10 overall
Bishop put up huge numbers as a junior at Arizona State, batting .342 with 22 home runs. The 6-foot-5 center fielder joined the Giants' Arizona Rookie League team over a month after his college season ended and showed a bit of rust but still hit .250 with one homer and three doubles.
He hit .250 with one homer in seven games playing in the AZL before he was promoted to Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer. Bishop spent 25 games with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and hit just .224 with three homers and nine RBI. While those aren't huge numbers, they don't tell the whole story.
Bishop showed he could swing and miss plenty of times while swinging for the fences at ASU, but he also has a great eye at the plate. Bishop ended his first season in the minors with a .438 on-base percentage and had just one more strikeout (39) than walk (38) this year.
Hunter Bishop is settling in nicely with @SKVolcanoes.— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 17, 2019
The #SFGiants first-round #MLBDraft pick has his second homer of the month for the Volcanoes, and when he's not hitting dingers ... he's walking (27 in 23 games since promotion).@SFGiants Top 30: https://t.co/mwOOiepvnq pic.twitter.com/hk1JbHodzT
The Giants' top pick is a former high school football star and great athlete. The speed-power combination is there, and he clearly has a solid approach at the plate.
Logan Wyatt, 1B, No. 51 overall
After a long junior season at the University of Louisville, Wyatt also only spent seven games in the AZL before joining Salem-Keizer.
Wyatt had an impressive enough showing with the Volcanoes that he spent his final 19 games in Class A Augusta. Before his promotion, though, he hit .284 with two homers and 10 walks to just nine strikeouts for Salem-Keizer. In Augusta, Wyatt's batting average dropped to .233, but he had a .368 on-base percentage.
Though Wyatt doesn't have big power numbers there, many believe he could have the ability to one day be a 20-homer hitter. What he always has had, however, is a keen eye. The big left-hander ranked third in NCAA Division-I both years he was a starter.
Zaidi loves players that value the ability to get on base, and Wyatt fits the mold.
Grant McCray, OF, No. 87
McCray was a three-sport athlete in high school and committed to play baseball at Florida State before the Giants drafted him in the third round. Right away, his speed jumps off the page.
The 18-year-old stole 17 bases in the AZL, but also was caught stealing 13 times. That number can come down with coaching and more reps down the road.
The @SFGiants #87 overall pick outta high school, Grant McCray (@Grant_McCray42) shows a good feel for driving the ball the other way. In this AB, he’s simply looking to get on 2-1 and slices one down the line for a double. Signed slightly above slot at $697.5k. Talented kid! pic.twitter.com/3kgD0aWUd6— Jacob Zweiback (@TheReelJZ) June 19, 2019
McCray already is 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds with plenty of room to grow. He hit .270 with one homer, two triples, five doubles and a .714 OPS in the Rookie League.
Tyler Fitzgerald, SS, No. 116 overall
The Giants went with two Louisville Cardinals in their first four picks. Fitzgerald was their fourth-round pick and fits the mold of a classic college shortstop.
While he doesn't have one tool that jumps off the page, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound shortstop is solid across the board. He showed more pop his junior year, though, hitting seven homers while raising his slugging percentage 145 points.
Fitzgerald had a short stint in the AZL and spent the majority of his season between Salem-Keizer and Augusta. Between three levels, he hit .276 with one homer, two triples, 15 doubles and a .753 OPS.
Garrett Frechette, 1B, No. 146 overall
Frechette is a really intriguing prospect. The high school draft pick out of Southern California was sidelined during his senior year with mononucleosis, but reportedly launched balls into the water at Oracle Park during a pre-draft workout.
He's a 6-foot-3, 200-pound left-hander with raw power. He hasn't hit a homer in the minors yet, though. Frechette spent 39 games in the AZL and hit .290 while knocking seven doubles and two triples.
Before the illness and a hamate bone injury, Frechette was considered a top 10 high school player in California. He has a ways to go, but the talent is there.