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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