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San Francisco Giants: Midseason Top 30 Prospects (Nos. 30-21)

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Chris Shaw #79 of the San Francisco Giants poses on photo day during MLB Spring Training at Scottsdale Stadium on February 20, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Chris Shaw #79 of the San Francisco Giants poses on photo day during MLB Spring Training at Scottsdale Stadium on February 20, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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29. 1B/OF Garrett Frechette

Age: 18
Current Level: Arizona Rookie League
Acquired: Draft (2019, 5th Round)
Future Value: 35+

To me, Frechette is one of the more interesting prospects in the 2019 draft, in part because he’s so hard to get a read on. He has a really smooth left-handed swing and with a 6’3”,195-pound frame, scouts see plus power potential.

He transferred to a more prestigious high school to receive more exposure his senior year, but dealt with a hamstring issue, broken hamate bone, and contracted mono. When he returned, he had no power and only managed three extra-base hits in 24 games.

If he is able to regain muscle mass, he offers plenty of physical projection. He’s 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.

At his best, there was an athletic frame that could handle an outfield corner with plus power. At his low points, Frechette looked like he might have had to redshirt a year at San Diego State had he gone to college.

The San Francisco Giants clearly believe in the Southern California native though, giving Frechette an $800,000 signing bonus. His ceiling is clearly there and now the onus is on their player development team to get him there.

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