SF Giants Way-Too-Early 2021 MLB Draft Targets:
3. Sal Frelick, OF, Boston College
If you had to bet on any single player being the pick, Sal Frelick should easily be the favorite. He may not look like a typical first-round pick, but the 5’9”-175 lbs. outfielder out of Boston College seems like a perfect fit with many of the Giants’ recent draft trends. A three-year starter in the ACC, Frelick has walked more than he’s struck out over his collegiate career and is still in the middle of a junior-year breakout.
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.
His small stature will probably earn him comparisons to Chicago White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal. While they share a similar set of carrying tools (namely hitting and speed), Madrigal showed virtually no power potential in college. Power will never be a huge part of Frelick’s game, but he has 40-50 grade potential power. Paired with his hitting and defensive abilities, that should give him the potential to be an above-average everyday player.
Perhaps I’m overthinking this. Frelick seems like a tailor-made Giants selection. However, I’m beginning to wonder if prognosticators are reading too much into the organization’s previous two drafts as signs that the team heavily favors collegiate hitters. The team was heavily tied to a bunch of high schoolers last season, most prominently Tyler Soderstrom, and I think this could be a year where the Giants target far more volatility than we’ve seen over the previous two years.