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Arguably the most intriguing two-way player from the prep ranks since Masyn Winn in 2020, Bryce Eldridge is a left-handed slugger/right-handed pitcher whom the Giants selected with the 16th overall pick in a loaded draft class. Like Winn, Eldridge figures to scrap pitching shortly after entering pro ball. Given his massive frame (6-foot-7, 223 pounds) as a teenager, Eldridge will likely outgrow right field and end up at first base/designated hitter. He slashed .294/.400/.505 with six home runs, a 26.2 percent strikeout rate and a 15.4 percent walk rate in 31 games across the Arizona Complex League and Single-A. Eldridge could end up with 70-grade power if he can keep the strikeouts in a manageable range. It's a pretty clear three-true outcomes profile if everything works, as it would be unrealistic to expect such a massive, young slugger to not have some holes in his swing for big-league pitchers to eventually exploit.

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  • Giants' Bryce Eldridge: Viewed solely as first baseman

    Giants general manager Pete Pitula said Tuesday that Eldridge will focus his development as a first baseman going forward, Maria I. Guardado of reports. Eldridge was announced as a two-way player when the Giants selected him with the 16th pick in the 2023 First-Year Player Draft, but the team believes he has the potential to be a great hitter and will now abandon hopes of using him on the mound. The 19-year-old prospect slashed .294/.400/.505 across 130 plate appearances between rookie-level Arizona Complex League and the Single-A level last season.
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