The Giants went down from a familiar route with their first-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft.
San Francisco selected Palo Alto native Hunter Bishop with the No. 10 overall pick. Bishop is a left-handed, power-hitting outfielder who played at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo before playing collegiately at Arizona State. He also has a baseball pedigree, as his older brother Braden made his MLB debut this season with the Seattle Mariners.
Sound familiar? It should, considering his background sounds a lot like Barry Bonds'.
Bonds, the son of former Giants outfielder Bobby Bonds, also was a left-handed, power-hitting outfielder who played at Junipero Serra High School before attending Arizona State. This is almost certainly nothing more than a fun coincidence for Giants fans, especially considering that Bonds was a Pittsburgh Pirates draft pick (No. 6 overall in 1985) and didn't return to the Bay Area until he was a free agent.
Making the majors is much different than being arguably the greatest player to ever swing a bat, but Bonds and Bishop's similarities don't end with their backgrounds. The two also had remarkably similar junior seasons at Arizona State.
In 1985, Bonds hit 23 home runs and slashed .368/.447/.713. Thirty-four years later, Bishop hit 22 home runs and slashed .344/.478/.758.
It's worth reiterating that these similarities do not mean Bishop will have a career that rivals Bonds', or that he will even make the majors with the Giants. But, Bishop's potential is encouraging for an organization lacking power hitters.