The Diamondbacks announced they’ve selected the contract of outfielder Jake McCarthy. No additional moves were necessary, as active and 40-man roster space became available when Arizona lost veteran infielder Asdrúbal Cabrera off waivers to the Reds this afternoon. (Conor Foley of the Scranton Times-Tribune reported the news before the official announcement).
Arizona selected McCarthy in the Competitive Balance Round (39th overall) in 2018 out of the University of Virginia. The left-handed hitter remains one of the more promising prospects in the organization, checking in 22nd in the system on Baseball America’s midseason update. BA writes that McCarthy has made recent swing alterations in an attempt to incorporate more power and remains athletic enough to cover center field.
McCarthy has split the 2021 campaign between Double-A Amarillo and Triple-A Reno. The 23-year-old hit .241/.333/.489 over 156 plate appearances in a pitcher-friendly Double-A setting before being bumped up to Reno, where he’s hit .262/.330/.508 in a far more favorable environment for hitters. The D-Backs would’ve had to add McCarthy onto the 40-man roster this offseason to keep him from selection in the Rule 5 draft. With any hope of competing this season long gone, they’ll make the move a little early and get a look at him against major league pitching over the season’s final five weeks.