First surprise choice of Giants in MLB 2020 draft: Patrick Bailey, university wide receiver

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Buster Posey still has two years on his contract. Joey Bart has advanced far enough for Giants officials to discuss the possibility of being part of the 2020 opening day, starting a year-long race as an everyday catcher. So baseball should be forgiven for reacting to the Giants’ first round selection in the 2020 amateur draft Wednesday with raised eyebrows and a “huh?” ”

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.



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