Their 13th-ranked surprise pick was Patrick Bailey, a North Carolina state sure-hitter with good defensive credibility and a bat that burned in 17 games before the rest of the 202 season was lost. of COVID.
In two or more seasons for the Wildcats, Bailey hit 0.302 with 29 homers, a base percentage of 0.411 and an average of 0.568 per ball in 578 plate appearances.
The selection of Bailey, in Farhan Zaidi’s second project as president of baseball operations, comes just two years after Bobby Evans selected Bart for second place.In a Zoom call from his apartment in North Carolina, Bailey said his selection was not a surprise to him after his conversations with the Giants’ director of amateur scouting, whom Bailey had known since Holmes spotted him in high school.
“They said they were taking on the best talent available, and I guess it was me,” said Bailey, a growing Rangers fan who was heartbroken at his loss to the Giants in the World Series 2020.
His association with Bart at the top of the Giants system raises questions about whether one of them will change position or be swapped?
Some simulation projects have led the Giants to take a different receiver, Tyler Soderstrom, but he is a high school student who is considered a potential field player. Soderstrom stayed local, going to the A.
Bailey and Bart are not two of a feather. While Bart’s bat was well ahead of his capture, the defense was seen as Bailey’s strength.
“I’ve always considered myself a seeker above all in defense,” said Bailey. “This is something I have always boasted about. Arriving in the state of North Carolina, I was able to mature a little, my body and I was able to produce a little power. ”
Baseball America, which ranked Bailey 14th among the best players in this draft, said Bailey “wins more notes for his grabbing and throwing arm, giving pitchers an extraordinary confidence that they can snatch their best ball breaks without having to worry about it. the safety net. ”
Does that sound like any catcher, Giants fan?
The Giants also love their Wildcats. They acquired New York State’s second goal Will Wilson from the Angels in December, six months after being chosen 15th overall, agreeing to take Zack Cozart and eat his $ 12.7 million salary for 2020 before releasing it.
After the Giants took Bailey, Wilson retweeted a college photo showing the two with an imagined caption, “Have we just become teammates again?” ”
Social media also buzzed with a video of a great Bailey bat flip when he filmed.
No argument there. Also does a very good bat turn. pic.twitter.com/YuLqd2rZ5N
– NC State K Crew (@NCStateKCrew) April 6, 2019
Bailey is the first of seven players the Giants will select in this year’s unusual five-round draft, which ends Thursday in rounds two through five.
After their second round pick, in 49th place, they will get composition choices at 67 and 68 for losing Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith to free will before moving on to rounds three to five.
The Giants have until August 1 to sign Bailey and all of their choices. The value of the slot for this choice is $ 4.2 million out of a total of $ 9.2 million, but the Giants can divide the pool between their seven choices as they wish, if the players are of agreement. On Friday, all undrafted amateurs will land in a free agent pool. Teams can sign as many times as they want for up to $ 20,000 each.
Henry Schulman covers the Giants for The San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @hankschulman