SF Giants Next 10 Prospect Rankings
35. Grant McCray
Highest Level: Rookie (AZL)
Acquired: Draft (2019)
Future-Value Grade: 35
Grant McCray was a pop-up prospect over the summer of 2018 and the Giants gambled on his athletic 6’1” frame that could develop above-average to plus tools across the board. Still very undeveloped though, he’s a long way from proving his ceiling.
His father had a cup of coffee at the Major League level in the early 1990s, but he hasn’t solely dedicated himself to baseball. A three-sport athlete in high school, McCray started at quarterback and ran track, so there is conceivbly some catch-up development to be expected with more consistent professional reps.
His athleticism and current 60-grade speed play in center field are his carrying tools alongside a smooth left-handed swing that could develop power as he bulks up. Most would easily slot McCray ahead of P.J. Hilson, and they are similar projects that player development will get to work with. McCray also has the platoon advantage if neither develops particular advanced hit tools.
However, Hilson has such incredible defensive upside I still think his hit tool won’t require the development that McCray’s will to become a big-league contributor. Still, McCray will not turn 20 years old until December and did not look entirely overmatched in his pro debut last year. If he finds success at Low-A or in full-season ball, he’ll easily become a 40-grade prospect.