First baseman Garrett Frechette is a prospect to watch in the San Francisco Giants farm system. Around the Foghorn recently had a chance to talk with the 2019 draft pick.
The San Francisco Giants selected prep first baseman Garrett Frechette with their fifth-round pick in the 2019 MLB draft.
Chosen from Orange Lutheran High School and signed to an above-slot bonus of $797,500, Frechette currently ranks as the No. 30 prospect in the team’s farm system, according to MLB.com.
A Perfect Game All-American following his junior season of high school, Frechette joined the likes of Javier Baez, Bryce Harper, and Buster Posey by showcasing his skills on the national stage in the Perfect Game All-American showcase.
“Being a Perfect Game All-American was one of my major goals while I was in high school. Something that I worked for every day. It helped me get prepared for pro baseball,” Frechette told Around the Foghorn.
Unfortunately, Frechette had to deal with some adversity on his way to becoming a pro.
During his senior season of high school, he was slowed by a hamstring and a hamate bone injury. Then, a few months later, he was sidelined with mononucleosis.
“Dealing with illness and injury was rough, but overcoming it made me appreciate everything way more,” Frechette said. “I learned from everything that had happened and faced lots of adversity. I feel great today ready to get better and start my second year of pro baseball.”
Originally committed to play at San Diego State, Frechette had some kind words regarding the commitment he ultimately opted to forego in favor of beginning his pro career.
“Committing to SDSU felt like home, somewhere that I could play local in my hometown,” Frechette said.
He signed his above-slot bonus in time to play 39 games at the rookie ball level, hitting .290/.364/.366 with nine extra-base hits and 20 RBI in 165 plate appearances.
While those 39 games were a small sample size, they will serve as the jumping-off point for his 2020 season.
“My goals are to get better every day, get stronger and make it to the major leagues,” Frechette said.
While he may be young, he has a veteran mindset when it comes to taking care of business. He has already experienced being in the spotlight on the showcase circuit in high school and he’s shown an ability to overcome adversity following his injury-plagued senior season of high school.
The 18-year-old is on the right path and he’s a prospect worth keeping an eye on in the years to come.
Here are a few bonus questions from our interview:
- Favorite food: Sushi
- Ice Cream or Cake: Ice Cream
- Favorite music genre: EDM
- Day or night games: Day games
- Favorite hobby while traveling: Listen to music or motivation speakers
The San Francisco Giants draft haul in 2019 was headlined by Arizona State outfielder Hunter Bishop, but fifth-round pick Garrett Frechette has a chance to make a significant impact as well in the years to come.