McCarthy Tatum

Position: INF
Level: Class A
Affiliate: Lakewood BlueClaws
League: South Atlantic League
Born: 05/15/1996 (Age: 26)
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 210
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 10th Rd., 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft (PHI)

Prospect Spotlight

Tatum was the Phillies’ 10th round pick in 2019 from Fresno State. He missed the entire 2017 season in college and took a redshirt, making him a fifth-year senior and already 23-years-old upon signing. He was far too advanced for the New York-Penn League and quickly moved up to Low-A Lakewood early in his pro debut.

Tatum’s athletic 6-foot-6 frame stands out, with mobility and positional versatility rare for his size. He gets up the line with average run times in the 4.2 range, able to move between a few corner positions on the field. There’s a bit less raw power than most players this height, though Tatum’s contact-driven approach also contributes. He puts the ball in play and sprays line drives, able to barrel different types of pitches against less mature A-Ball competition. Though Tatum has spent most time at 3B, his footwork can be fringy at the hot corner. He’s athletic enough to try the outfield, likely to avoid falling into the 1B-only category even if he does move off the position.

Tatum probably will finish an organizational prospect, but the size/athleticism/versatility combo is in the mold of a Don Kelly type of utility player. He’s a longshot follow, but even grading there–considering the Phillies spent just $5,000 to sign him–makes him a nice bargain low in the system.