2022 Pre-Season SF Giants Prospects: 20-11

ATF's number 20 prospect entering the 2022 season Patrick Bailey
ATF's number 20 prospect entering the 2022 season Patrick Bailey / Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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Ten prospects down, twenty more to go. Let's see who makes up the middle portion of the 2022 pre-season SF Giants prospect ranking.

2022 Pre-Season SF Giants Prospects: 20-11

20. Patrick Bailey

Position: C
Age: 22
Bats: Switch
Throws: Right
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Projected Level: Eugene (High-A)
MLB ETA: 2024

Tool Grades: (Present/Future)

Hit 30/40 | Raw Power 55/55 | Game Power 30/45 | Speed 40/40 | Arm 55/55 | Field 45/55

PV 30 | FV 40

A roller-coaster season is an understatement when describing the season that Patrick Bailey had in 2021. After an aggressive but well-deserved assignment to Eugene at the start of the season, Bailey struggled mightily on both sides of the ball in the first two months where he ended up on the shelf in June. After a short stint in the Arizona backfields, Bailey was assigned and San Jose and played the second half of the season in Low-A ball with great success. After a successful San Jose stint, Bailey got a roster spot in the Arizona Fall League with mixed results.

Bailey looked completely sluggish in Eugene as he struggled to explode through his hips with his swing, often chopping through the ball with very little impact. He also looked very susceptible to sequencing and breaking balls. Even his defense was affected, as he’s allowed far more wild pitches and passed balls than expected. In his time in San Jose, Bailey looked much better swinging the bat, allowing his hips to clear smoothly with the added loft to his swing. He also looked more comfortable on defense, flashing the agility that he’s showed behind the plate in college.

The 2021 season made Bailey a very tough prospect to gauge heading to 2022 as both his massive struggles early and his strong finish need to be accounted for. At his best, Bailey flashed hard three-true-outcome traits as he’s shown the ability to work the count and hit a ball out of the park to the other way. However, he’s been swinging through low-Minor breaking balls far too often, limiting his ceiling offensively. Bailey enters as the prospect with the most to prove heading to the 2022 season having been selected in the first round and receiving all the privileges that came with the selection in the alternate site in 2020 but were passed through by plenty of prospects selected after him in the same draft class.