Joe McCarthy was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in a bit of an under-the-radar move at this year’s trade deadline in exchange for left-handed reliever Jacob Lopez.
A highly regarded prospect during his time at the University of Virginia, McCarthy was a fifth-round pick in the 2015 MLB draft.
The 25-year-old has yet to make his MLB debut and he’s not exactly setting the world on fire at Triple-A. However, team president Farhan Zaidi saw something to make him a trade target, and he’s shown a knack for uncovering outfield talent with Mike Yastrzemski and Alex Dickerson serving as prime examples.
McCarthy is not ranked as a top 30 prospect in the San Francisco Giants system, according to MLB.com, but he is currently on the 40-man roster. That means he’ll be an option should the Giants need more outfield help. In 20 games with Triple-A Sacramento, McCarthy has a line of .197/.289/.288 with one home run and four RBIs in 76 plate appearances.
Again, those numbers don’t leap off the page, but Zaidi saw something.