SF Giants Next 10 Prospect Rankings
40. Garrett Frechette
Highest Level: Rookie (AZL)
Acquired: Draft (2019)
Future-Value Grade: 35
Of any of the Giants prospects from last year’s draft, Garrett Frechette is easily the furthest away from his ceiling. Frankly, I might have considered ranking another draft pick like Connor Cannon or Caleb Kilian above him had others not seemed unified that Frechette has a ceiling worth dreaming on.
Frechette has a smooth left-handed swing and a projectable 6’3”,195-pound frame that enables scouts to see plus-power potential.
However, since dealing with a hamstring issue, broken hamate bone, and contracting mono in his senior year of high school, he’s yet to find much power. Still, in his limited sample of professional plate appearances, he’s been a competent hitter. If he can build his strength, he seems well-positioned to take a big jump. Of course, that may not be something the organization can count on.
Technically a corner outfielder, Frechette is athletic for his size and could stick in the left or right field. His profile isn’t too dissimilar from Cody Bellinger’s at this point in his career, so it’s possible he could find even more defensive acumen. Still, Bellinger is much more the exception than the rule. If Frechette’s body matures, he’ll probably be sticking at first base.
Turning 20 in December, Frechette would have been an especially intriguing player to watch at Rookie-Ball or possibly Low-A Salem-Keizer this season. Instead, fans will have to wait to see his development up close. A highlight released from instructs said he had a four-hit day and it’s good to see him squaring up the ball. Still, his ceiling rests on his power, and we’ve yet to see that play in games.