The San Francisco Giants entered the 2020 draft having won three world championships over the last decade. However, they have spent much of the back half of the decade as a bottom-five team in baseball. That goes for both the MLB teams and the farm system. However, in 2019 we began to see a turning point as the Giants were one of the most improved farm systems in the MLB. The Giants hope that Patrick Bailey will be a continuation of their recent farm system success.
Patrick Bailey is a 21-year-old catcher out of North Carolina State. Many will look at this selection with confusion considering Joey Bart is considered the future of Giants’ catching position and Bart has yet to touch the big leagues. Yet, what many have to realize is there is no such thing as a “sure thing” in baseball. Due to that fact, every team must draft according to the best player available. The Giants clearly considered Bailey the best remaining player on the board.
What To Expect
As for Bailey, he is a switch-hitting catcher who is a bat-first player. Unlike Bart who is considered to be a borderline elite defensive catcher. Bailey is considered to be an elite hitter with enough defense to remain at catcher. Good switch-hitting catchers are near impossible to find. If Bailey can develop into a quality big league catcher then he would be a massive boost to the Giants lineup. While it’s unlikely that Bailey will produce high averages at the big league level, he has good pitch selection which should translate to high walk rates and solid power.
Expect Patrick Bailey to rise through the minors quickly as he is more polished than Joey Bart. However, Bailey’s ceiling is likely lower thana Bart’s. In other words, Patrick Bailey is likely to be a good big-league catcher but is unlikely to develop a perennial all-star ceiling.
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