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By Jeremy Kahn
Hunter Bishop and Barry Bonds may have been born decades apart, but the two have a lot in common already.
Bishop, like Bonds went to Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo and then onto Arizona State is now a member of the San Francisco Giants organization.
The 20-year old Bishop was drafted by the Giants with the 10th pick in the annual Major League Baseball Draft in Secaucus, New Jersey.
I definitely know its a big ballpark, but you see guys like Barry hit hit it out all the time, Bishop said. If you’ve got power, you can hit it out anywhere. I’m looking forward to one day playing at that ballpark, but I’ve got a lot of work to do until I get there.
Bishop joins a team that he grew up watching his father Randy, and his brother Braden, who is currently with the Seattle Mariners. The trio went to games at now Oracle Park, and now he will have a chance to play there in the future.
Growing up, I went to so many different Giants games with my brother and my dad and its just a dream come true and I’m so grateful to be a Giant.
This past season for the Sun Devils, Bishop hit 22 home runs and finished with an on-base percentage of 1.239, a team high.
The Bishop brothers have started a foundation called 4MOM Foundation after it was discovered that their mother, Suzy, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimers.
I grew up going to games there with my family, so to be able to put on that Giants uniform and play at Oracle Park, it would be such a dream come true and such an awesome moment, Bishop said.
Bishop is the third player picked by the Giants with the 10th pick since the 2006 drafted. In the 2006 draft, the Giants drafted a lanky right-hander out of University of Washington named Tim Lincecum and then the following year, they drafted a left-hander out of South Caldwell High School in Hudson, North Carolina named Madison Bumgarner.
The following season, the Giants picked number five and drafted a catcher out of Florida State to go along with Lincecum and Bumgarner, his name Buster Posey.