2015 Draft Profile: Joe McCarthy

School: Virginia; Class: Junior

Position: OF; B/T: L/L

Height: 6-3; Weight: 215

Previously Drafted: N/A


Background: After back-to-back impressive seasons to open up his collegiate career, McCarthy, who batted a robust .336/.469/.453 during his freshman season and followed that up with a .301/.417/.449 mark a year later, has been sidelined – and subsequently disappointing in his return – because of back surgery. This, of course, comes on the heels of the Cavaliers losing another top outfielder, Derek Fisher, the previous season.

And since his return, the 6-foot-3 corner outfielder has hardly resembled the player he showed in 2013-2014. McCarthy is batting a paltry .196/.379/.216 with just one extra-base knock – a double – in his first 66 trips to the plate.

The 2013 ACC Freshman of the Year – and Freshman All-American (Louisville Slugger and NCBWA) – owns a career .306/.435/.428 mark, with 27 doubles, four triples, 10 homeruns, and 24 stolen bases (in 26 attempts) for his career.


Projection: Quite frankly, it’s a lost year for the unfortunately named McCarthy (Red Scare!). He underwent the knife, looked like a shell of his former self when he came back, and did some pretty serious damage to his draft stock – so much so, in fact, that he may be inclined to head back to Virginia for his senior campaign.

McCarthy’s a poor man’s version of former teammate Mike Papi: an OBP machine with a solid hit tool and below-average power, especially for a corner outfield spot.

At his best, McCarthy looks like a solid bench option, depending upon his ability – or inability – to handle left-handers. Typical quad-A/fringy big leaguer.


Ceiling:  0.5- to 1.0-win player

Floor:  Replacement Level

Risk:  Low to Moderate

Grade: Fourth/Fifth Round



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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.