Giants Top Draft Pick Hunter Bishop Earns First Professional Promotion

All it took was seven games for Hunter Bishop to be called up. Well, to Short-Season Class A. 

The Giants' top pick in the 2019 MLB Draft earned his first professional promotion from the Arizona Rookie League to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes on Tuesday. Bishop is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday night when the Volcanoes host the Boise Hawks. 

Bishop hit .250 with a 1.033 OPS. He showed patience at the plate with nine walks and a .483 on-base percentage and hit his first home run on Sunday. 

For comparison sake, Bishop spent one more game in the Arizona Rookie League than Giants top prospect Joey Bart did one year ago. Bart hit .261 with a .711 OPS and no homers in his six games in the desert before moving up to Oregon. 

Once Bart reached Salem-Keizer he caught fire, hitting .333 with nine homers in July. He stayed with the Volcanoes the rest of the season, finishing the year hitting .298 with 13 long balls and a .983 OPS. 

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Bishop is expected to stay with Salem-Keizer the rest of the season, too. He had a long layoff between his college season at Arizona State and when he signed with the Giants, so it was no surprise that he started off his career in the AZL.

There's no need to rush Bishop this year, though the front office certainly hopes he can have a similar first season in the minors to Bart's just one year ago.

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