Hunter Bishop, OF
BATS: L / THROWS: R
ACQUIRED: Drafted 2019, 1st Round
LAST LEVEL: High-A
GiantFutures 2022 Ranks: #3 Corner Outfielder, #9 Overall
Performance: Not much, honestly.
Bishop started the season in High-A Eugene, and got into three games before shoulder problems sidelined him. It just never seemed like it would never end. Bishop returned to the field at the end of July, and took five games to collect a hit. By mid-August, the Giants pushed him up to San Jose, where he went two games without a hit before his regular season ended.
Bishop was named to the Arizona Fall League, where he hit .262/373/.381 across 14 games, with five doubles, and six walks to 20 strikeouts. He didn’t have a home run in the regular AFL season, but picked one up in the Fall Stars exhibition game.
Strengths and Weaknesses: There’s no way not to lead this off by talking about health, as an unspecified shoulder issue would essentially steal his second first full season (after 2020 did for his first full season). There’s a lot of unknowns around that.
However, Hunter Bishop brings a ton of promising raw tools. His senior year in college showed off burgeoning power with present speed for what can be a tantalizing package. His ceiling is a 30-30 type of player, and Bishop has the speed to really take extra bases on the basepaths, whether as steals or creating triples on doubles hit into the alley. The question is whether he can make enough contact to make use either of them.
Defensively, Bishop is also very talented. With his speed and range, he’s a borderline center fielder, but would have plus range for either corner. HIs only weakness in the outfield is his arm, which is unfortunate, because his range would be ideal in Oracle Park’s right field. But his range in left field might let the other outfielders cheat a little towards right to cover more field.
2022 Outlook: Take three? Bishop’s likely to head back to Eugene to be healthy and actually play. If he can play up to his potential, he’s likely to have a jetpack attached to him and get a quick push up the system.
Future Profile: Few players have as wild a swing in futures as Bishop. He could be a highly dynamic player at his ceiling, a plus player on both side of the ball. But with an injury that could be nagging, he could become a more pedestrian player, or just never make it at all.