Giants select local Serra High product Hunter Bishop in MLB Draft
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.