Garrett Frechette, 1B
BATS: L / THROWS: L
ACQUIRED: Drafted 2019, 5th Round
LAST LEVEL: Rookie
VOLATILITY: Very High
GiantFutures 2022 Ranks: #2 First Baseman
Performance: Coming out of the 2019 draft, high schooler Garrett Frechette was lauded for his natural swing. Missing 2020, Frechette was given a chance to show that off at a full-season level in San Jose, but he really struggled. After 31 games at San Jose, he hit .219/.268/.289, with three doubles, a triple, and a home run.
When the Arizona Complex League started, Frechette returned to the level (he played there in 2019). There, we saw a bit more of Frechette, as he hit .331/.388/.438 with 13 doubles, a triple, and a home run. He finished the season playing more regularly there, getting into 50 games in the ACL.
Strengths and Weaknesses: Frechette has a prototypical long first baseman’s body, 6’3” with a sweet swing. That is where his strength is, and he’s seen more as a contact hitter. The downside is that he hasn’t proven to have developed a lot of power at 20 years old yet, which will be pretty important for a first baseman down the line. There’s still a lot of room for some power to develop, but he’s probably going to top out with average power at best.
Defensively, Frechette appears to be solid so far at first, though he needs to improve his receiving skills. He has good range and athleticism. He made a total of 12 errors over 72 games playing first base, which isn’t horrible. While in Arizona, he also got into four games playing left field, which is a testament to his athleticism, though he likely won’t be able to play there long term.
2022 Outlook: Frechette will get another chance at San Jose as a 21-year old, and hopefully his swing will look a lot better with a second chance. The bigger question will be about how well his power will show up as he grows up, and in the offensive-friendly California League he will get every opportunity.
Future Profile: Frechette has the ability to be an everyday first baseman with better contact than power, though the more power he can develop, the better a chance he has.