San Francisco, Calif. - The San Francisco Giants selected catcher Patrick Bailey (North Carolina State) with the 13th overall selection in the 2020 First-Year Player Draft, the club announced tonight.
The 6-foot-2, 207-pound junior hit .296 with a team-leading six home runs and 20 RBI over 17 games (16 starts) during the 2020 season, which was cut short due to COVID-19. Despite the shortened season, Bailey ranked tied for second in RBI (20), third in walks (17) and tied for fourth in home runs (6) among all ACC players. Three of Bailey’s six homers in 2020 were grand slams, which he hit over an 11-day span; the first against Tennessee Tech on February 22, the second against Iowa on February 28 and the third against Coastal Carolina on March 4.
As a sophomore in 2019, Bailey was named First Team All-ACC, ABCA All-Region and Collegiate Baseball Third Team All-American after compiling a .288 clip with 68 hits, 17 doubles, 10 homers and a .513 slugging percentage. Bailey was also one of 14 semifinalists for the Buster Posey Award, given to the nation’s best catcher. In 2018, Bailey led all ACC freshmen in hitting (.321), total bases (113) and slugging (.604) while also setting a new NC State freshman home run record (13) on his way to being named the ACC Freshman of the Year. He also threw out 11 runners on the basepaths and recorded a .983 fielding percentage.
The switch-hitter homered from both sides of the plate in the same game twice in his career at NC State. Once as a freshman vs. William and Mary and again this past February vs. Iowa. No other player in program history has achieved the feat even once.
The Greensboro, N.C. native has been a part of three different USA teams as he played for the U.S. Collegiate National Team in both 2018 and 2019, in addition to playing for the 2016 18U National Team that won a gold medal at the COPABE Pan Am “AAA” Championships in Mexico.
Bailey is the ninth first-round pick in NC State history and is tied for the second-highest drafted player out of NC State in the regular June Draft. While at NC State, Bailey was teammates with Giants prospect Will Wilson, who was originally drafted by the Angels as the 15th overall pick in 2019.
Bailey was originally drafted out of Wesleyan Christian Academy, his North Carolina high school, in the 37th round by the Twins in 2017. He and Wil Myers are the only two players to be drafted out of Wesleyan. In his senior year of high school, Bailey led Wesleyan to a second consecutive North Carolina independent schools state championship, batting .510 with five home runs and 33 RBIs in 28 games.