The SF Giants have signed their first-round from the 2020 MLB Draft, Patrick Bailey.
Bailey was selected by the Giants with the No. 13 overall pick in the class making him the first catcher taken. His selection wasn’t exactly a huge surprise at that spot, but it was a surprise to see the team target him instead of high-school catcher Tyler Soderstrom
Nonetheless, it’s clear that the Giants are high on Bailey as a future contributor even if he’s still a few years away from making a true impact in the majors. But don’t expect that to keep him off the Giants’ roster this season.
As first reported by MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis, the Giants have signed Bailey to a contract well under his projected slot value of around $4.2 million. Instead, the draft’s top catcher prospect agreed to sign for a measly $3.8 million.
The SF Giants have opted to add Patrick Bailey to their 60-man player pool.
Perhaps the more interesting news to come out of this, however, is the fact that the Giants have added Bailey to their 60-man player pool meaning he will join the team this summer and be a part of their available roster.
Now, don’t expect him to actually see any playing time in the majors. The NC State product is still obviously very raw and the Giants certainly aren’t going to throw in into the fire right away.
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He’s there for the same reason as someone like Marco Luciano. To continue his development and mix it up with some major-leaguers for the time being.
Bailey will join other top prospects such as Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos as young players on the 60-man player pool. And provided his recovery goes according to plan, expect the same to be true for 2019 first-round pick Hunter Bishop who recently tested positive for COVID-19.
Again, most of these payers aren’t going to actually see action this season. The Giants may be carrying a handful of catchers on their roster, but really the backup job is only a battle between veterans Rob Brantly and Tyler Heineman.
The rest are just there to continue developing and to be used as emergency insurance.
Still, it’ll certainly be interesting to see someone like Patrick Bailey playing alongside some big-leaguers this summer.
The future may be arriving a little earlier than expected.