3rd Round (87th overall): Grant McCray, CF, Lakewood Ranch HS (Fla.)
The signing bonus on the McCray pick will be an interesting one to watch. McCray ranked 221st on Baseball America’s board and that seems around consensus, which would make him a pretty sizable reach by the San Francisco Giants in the third round.
With that said, reading too much into rankings is easy to do. At this point in the draft, the difference between the player ranked 80th and 300th is probably smaller than the difference between the 1st and 20th prospect on most boards. McCray is a Florida State commit and that should give him plenty of leverage to get close to slot money.
McCray’s dad, Rodney McCray, had a few cups of coffee in the big leagues from 1990-1992 and made one of the most memorable plays in minor league baseball history when he crashed through an outfield fence.
Like his dad, Grant profiles as a toolsy center fielder whose plus speed helped him on the track and football teams in high school. He has an athletic 6’1′, 170-pound frame with room for projection and scouts see some strength in his body. At the plate, he looks comfortable with quick hands that allow him to make consistent contact from the left side of the plate.
4th Round (116th overall): Tyler Fitzgerald, SS, Louisville
This draft class was stacked at the shortstop position both at the college and high school levels. While I was calling for the San Francisco Giants to go this way earlier with a player like Matthew Lugo, they ended up grabbing a number of better values later.
Fitzgerald doesn’t have any standout tool, but consistently grades with 45s/50s across the board. He took a big step forward with the bat this year and I’m curious to see if the Giants explore a swing change to tap into some more of his power.
FanGraphs Prospects was very high on Fitzgerald, ranking him 75th on their board and saying he was a “streaky-hitting shortstop has everyday tools.” As a fourth-round selection, he’s already being compared to Brandon Crawford, but Fitzgerald has a different profile.
He has a more developed hit tool than Crawford did at this point in his career, but also doesn’t have the arm strength that Crawford did. He’s also a superior athlete to Crawford.
5th Round (146th overall): Garrett Frechette, 1B/OF, Orange Lutheran HS (Calif.)
Frechette has a really smooth left-handed swing and his 6’3”,195-pound frame gives scouts room to dream on his power potential as he fills in. He’s pretty athletic for his size and might be able to handle a corner outfield spot.
It’s easy to dream that a player like Frechette could turn into Cody Bellinger if everything clicks, but the truth is he’s a far cry from what Bellinger was as a prep prospect.
Frechette transferred high schools before his senior year to get more exposure but then dealt with a series of injuries that limited his playing time. He only managed three extra-base hits on the season and will be a big project for the coaches at the lower levels of the minor leagues.
6th Round (176th overall): Dilan Rosario, SS, Colegio Marista HS (PR)
Rosario is my favorite pick of Day 2 for the Giants. The USC commit may be the best defensive prep shortstop in the draft and he shows great hand-eye coordination and bat-to-ball skills.
While he is able to square up balls consistently, he doesn’t drive the ball much and adding strength will be priority one as a professional.
Even if he can just develop some gap power, he has the tools to turn into a productive everyday player.