The Pop-Up: 3B Keoni Cavaco, Eastlake HS (Calif.)
Every year, it seems like there is at least one high school hitter who flies up draft boards in the weeks leading up to the MLB draft.
Keoni Cavaco is that guy in 2019.
After beginning the spring well out of the first-round conversation, Cavaco now pops up in the teens on most mock drafts, and the San Francisco Giants could be his ceiling.
My guess is the Giants only take Cavaco if they want to follow a script close to what I suggested in Part 2 of the draft preview series. The basic idea would be to save some money early to use for an above-slot deal later on.
Cavaco has major upside with four potentially above-average tools. Some project 70-grade power once he fills out his 6’1″ frame, combined with above-average speed and standout defense at the hot corner.
The question is his ability to make enough consistent contact to fully tap into that tantalizing power potential. He has clearly shown enough that he won’t be honoring his commitment to San Diego State.
Still, this would be a reach for the Giants at 10.