Gi­ants select lo­cal Serra High prod­uct Hunter Bishop in MLB Draft

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Kerry Crow­ley

NEW YORK — When Hunter Bishop was in grade school, the Palo Alto, Calif. na­tive would travel up to San Fran­cisco to take in Gi­ants games with his fa­ther, Randy, and brother, Braden.

He watched Barry Bonds launch balls into McCovey Cove, in­spir­ing him to be­lieve he might one day do the same.

Af­ter the Gi­ants se­lected Bishop with the No. 10 over­all pick in the 2019 MLB am­a­teur draft, he’s one step closer to hav­ing his chance.

“I def­i­nitely know it’s a big ball­park, but you see guys like Barry hit it out all the time,” Bishop said. “If you’ve got power, you can hit it out any­where. I’m look­ing for­ward to one day play­ing at that ball­park, but I’ve got a lot of work to do un­til I get there.”

Five years af­ter a player cho­sen with the 10th over­all pick in Ma­jor League Base­ball’s am­a­teur draft willed the Gi­ants to their third World Se­ries ti­tle in five sea­sons, the fran­chise was on the clock again at No. 10 on Mon­day.

They can only hope Bishop, an out­fielder who at­tended Serra High (San Ma­teo) and Ari­zona State, pro­duces a sim­i­lar im­pact Madi­son Bum­gar­ner has made.

“Grow­ing up, I went to so many dif­fer­ent Gi­ants games with my brother and my dad and it’s just a dream come true and I’m so grate­ful to be a Gi­ant.”

Con­sid­ered one of the top hit­ters in col­lege base­ball and a fu­ture cor­ner out­fielder in the pros, Bishop fin­ished with 22 home runs and a team-best 1.239 on-base plus slug­ging per­cent­age as a ju­nior.

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