Braves: Fourth-Round Pick David McCabe is a powerful bat to watch out for

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Out of Atlanta’s Day 2 draft picks, one stands out: David McCabe. The switch-hitting third baseman from UNC Charlotte has shown a ton of power potential throughout his collegiate career, which is why he was a fourth-round pick.

McCabe might profile as a first base/DH guy rather than a third baseman, but as Mark Bowman points out, the universal DH allows teams to draft a wider variety of players. McCabe bears a striking similarity, stats wise, to another player Braves fans are familiar with — Bryce Ball. Both are imposing corner infielders with power bats and sky-high OPS numbers. As the game of baseball has changed, full time designated hitters like Yordan Alvarez have paved the way for power bats like McCabe. There’s a place for him in the bigs now, and it’s great to see the Braves’ front office recognize that.


David McCabe could develop into one of the premier bats in the league. All the tools are in place. The 22-year-old has power to spare, but also possesses underrated plate discipline. This past year, McCabe drew 40 walks to only 28 strikeouts in 195 plate appearances. Sadly, it’s not all perfect — injuries have consistently nagged the promising star.

If McCabe can stay healthy, he very well could be the biggest steal of 2022. I believe there is star power here, especially in today’s power-centric MLB.

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