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.
Braves fourth round selection David McCabe hit 30 HR in 283 at-bats (9.4 AB/HR) over the past two seasons for UNC Charlotte. Was drafted as a 3B, despite playing just nine games there for Charlotte. The universal DH seems to give NL teams some flexibility w/ similar players.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 18, 2022
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.
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Canadians going back to back 🍁
— Charlotte Baseball (@CharlotteBSB) June 5, 2021
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.
49ers switch-hitting 1B David McCabe just unloaded on this poor baseball and follows the route of Thomas Francisco from earlier. He's missed some time this year, but 13 HR now in 35 games. Big time power in that bat. 10-5 49ers. pic.twitter.com/eIIySo5NJl
— Tyler Jennings (@TylerJennings24) June 5, 2021
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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