The Giants added a former star-studded star when they voted number 10 Hunter Bishop in the 2018 MLB Draft 201
With the Cardinals reportedly long-interested in trading giants closer to Will Smith, the Giants should also be interested in a Cardinal Outfield prospectus. Sacramento-born Dylan Carlson, who was number 33 at Elk Grove High School in MLB Draft 2016, is exactly the player the team needs.
Carlson, 20, is a 6-foot 2-switch hitting outfielder who shattered the ball for the Cardinals' Double-A side this season. In 81 games for the Springfield Cardinals Carlson hits with 14 homers and an OPS of 0.902 to .294. He also stole 13 bases.
Although many outlets see Carlson as right-back in the main leagues, he has the ability to play all three positions in the outfield. This season he played 62 games in midfield, nine on the right and five on the left. He has also shown a strong arm with 32 career cards for minors.
While each member of the Giants was on holiday outside Smith during the All-Star break, Carlson joined Giants prospective Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos in the Netherlands in squads for the futures game. He started in the right field and went with an RBI single 1 against 2. And he's been burning since he demonstrated his talents against the best prospects in baseball.
In three games since the futures game Carlson has struck on Thursday evening in the second round a solo shot in the right field.
– Springfield Cardinals (@Sgf_Cardinals) July 12, 2019
Carlson is an interesting case when he's a switch-hitter, too , He has far more left-handers this year than on the right – from 253 to only 60 – and was more successful as a left-hander. On the left side he hits with 10 homers and an OPS of 0.917 to 0.300, compared to 0.267 with four long balls and an OPS of 0.838 for righties. Many reviewers, however, believe that his right-handed momentum is more consistent.
Here's a look at Carlson's spray chart for his entire minors career over Baseball Savant. It's clear that as a switch hitter, he has power in all areas.
The Giants need right-handed rulers when it comes to the game of Oracle Park, but Carlson as a switch-hitter should not deter the front-office. His left-handed power could be just as valuable if the team actually drives into the fences to cut off the Triples Alley in the right midfield.
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Well, the Cardinals would be their number 2 perspective, which seems to be on the fastest track Track to the big leagues? Trying to win him will certainly be a tough tug of war for the Giants Front Office, and it could cost more than a couple of months to Smith. If that's the case, the young outfielder is worth it.
The Giants must be younger, more powerful and athletic at the close of trading. Carlson checks all the boxes.