SF Giants Way-Too-Early 2021 MLB Draft Targets:
5. Sal Frelick, OF, Boston College
A 5’9”-175 lbs. outfielder out of Boston College, Sal Frelick will probably receive plenty of comparisons to White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal next draft season. While they share a small stature, below-average arm, plus speed, plus approach, and a hit-over-power profile, the comparison isn’t as straightforward.
In just 251 NCAA plate appearances, Frelick already has more home runs than Madrigal hit in his first two collegiate seasons. While it is unfair to directly compare their statistics since Frelick’s competition in the ACC was probably slightly weaker than what Madrigal faced in the Pac-12, Frelick’s has more potential power in his swing. Granted, he lacks the consistency that Madrigal showed through his three-years in college.
Exit-velocities will be huge in evaluating Frelick. Out of high school, his top exit-velocities were far from exceptional and the Giants probably need to see at least 45-grade power potential to justify a selection in the first fifteen picks in the draft. With that said, the rest of his profile checks a lot of the organization’s boxes.
Frelick is young for his class and walked more than he struck out in both of his college campaigns. His strikeout rate is incredibly just 8.8% while his walk rate is a similarly impressive 13.1%. Frelick’s propensity to draw walks is especially notable since he’s consistently wreaked havoc on the basepaths as well (25 steals on 28 attempts in 54 games). Pitchers aren’t pitching around Frelick, but he’s still working counts and finding ways to get on base.
Defensively, Frelick reads the ball well off the bat and combines a solid first step with his plus speed. He moved to right field as a sophomore, but his below-average arm profiles far better in centerfield where his range and instincts project as a plus tool.
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