Jake McCarthy
22-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Arizona Diamondbacks A+
7-Day IL
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 2/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The younger brother of Joe McCarthy, an OF/1B prospect in the upper levels of the Rays' system, Jake entered the year with a chance to go in the middle of the first round, but a broken wrist cost him most of his junior year at Virginia. He didn't fall far in the draft, going in the competitive balance round (39th overall) and netting a $1.65 million bonus. McCarthy spent most of his debut season in the Northwest League, where his 0.55 BB/K ranked eighth and his 132 wRC+ ranked 12th. He put his plus speed to work, stealing 20 bases on 28 attempts. McCarthy will stick in center field and may have a good enough approach to eventually hit atop a lineup. The recent history of high-pedigree Virginia hitters in pro ball isn't great, but McCarthy has better raw tools than most of those examples. He is not expected to hit for a ton of power (53.0 GB%), but at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, he could unlock 15-to-20 homer pop with more professional instruction. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Diamondbacks in June of 2018.
Bumped up to High-A
OFArizona Diamondbacks  A+
April 4, 2019
McCarthy will open the year with High-A Visalia, Mike Rosenbaum of MLB.com reports.
As an advanced college hitter, McCarthy should handle this assignment just fine, but it's worth pointing out that the Diamondbacks jumped him over Low-A completely. He has a chance to develop into a leadoff hitter with plus speed and double-digit homer pop.
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Drafted by D-backs with 39th pick
OFArizona Diamondbacks  A+
June 4, 2018
The Diamondbacks have selected McCarthy with the 39th overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft.
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