The Major League Baseball draft kicked off Wednesday night; the San Francisco Giants picked No.13 in the first round. With their pick, the Giants took Patrick Bailey, a catcher from North Carolina State.
Last season at North Carolina State, Bailey hit .296 with six home runs and 20 RBIs. Bailey is a switch hitter with raw power and athletic behind the plate. He also draws walks and makes consistent contact.
Bailey struggled using wood bats for Team USA, so he will need to improve on that on the MLB level, and he likes to hit for power, which sacrifices his average. Both things he can improve on with time put in with hitting coaches.
In Bailey’s three years at NC State, he hit 29 home runs and drove in 106 runs. He had a batting average of .302 Bailey made first-team All-ACC and set an NC State first-year record with 13 home runs.
It is a strange move for the Giants because the Giants have their catcher of the future in Joey Bart. But maybe with their being a possible universal DH coming soon, it could be an excellent move for the Giants. If the universal DH rule passes, the Giants would be able to keep both catchers fresh by alternating between DH and catching.