With the 10th pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, the Giants selected outfielder Hunter Bishop out of Arizona State. If one was being forced to pick one college player who helped their draft stock more than anyone this spring, you could do worse than pick Bishop as he turned from a toolsy guy with upside into one of the top hitters in college baseball in 2019.
Drafted out of high school in the 24th round pick by the Padres back in 2016, Bishop is a guy that has all of the tools to be a top prospect assuming all goes to plan. He possesses plus-plus raw power and that power finally started to show out in games this past spring as he connected for 22 home runs after hitting 10 combined in his previous two years at Arizona State. For a guy his size, he also has good speed and moves around well in the field.
The trick with Bishop is whether you believe his hit tool and that comes down to whether you see his breakout 2019 season as a step forward in his development or as aberration in his track record. Bishop undoubtedly has some issues with strikeouts and his first two seasons at ASU certainly did not make him look like a top 10 pick in the draft. However, there are plenty of folks out there that think that his upside and progress thus far is more than worth the risk which is exactly why he started to get so much attention as a top 10 prospect in this draft.