The San Francisco Giants have what appears to be their first known case of the coronavirus. Outfield prospect Hunter Bishop has tested positive for the virus, the team revealed on Monday. His symptoms are mild, and he’s showing improvement.
Hunter Bishop tested positive for COVID-19 and had mild symptoms. He's improving, per Farhan Zaidi.— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) June 29, 2020
Bishop was the team’s first-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, and is considered by most publications to be their fourth-best prospect. He was expected to be part of the team’s 60-player pool, along with other top prospects Joey Bart, Marco Luciano, and Heliot Ramos.
But the coronavirus is keeping him off the initial list of 51 players that the Giants submitted for the July 1 report date. Presumably he will enter the team’s player pool when he is fully healthy.
Bishop spent the June 10 MLB draft alongside his college teammate, number one overall draft pick Spencer Torkelson, at a house party.
However, before Detroit Tigers fans panic too much, Bishop believes that he contracted the virus from a recent encounter with someone who had tested positive. There are no reports yet that Torkelson or anyone else who was at the party tested positive, according to Detroit Sports Nation.
Hunter Bishop told the Giants that he believes he was in very recent contact with a suspected or confirmed Covid-19 case. Symptoms are mild and improving.— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) June 29, 2020
While some MLB players are starting to opt out of the upcoming season for health and safety reasons — including former Giants pitcher Mike Leake — the Giants have yet to have a player opt out.
Giants say thus far no players have opted out. Based on an internal evaluation, all players and staff considered low to moderate risk.— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) June 29, 2020
With Bishop being the only player on the team (that we know of) to test positive, it seems the Giants have so far mostly avoided the coronavirus.
We can only hope that stays the same once they start Spring Training, and then once they start traveling to new cities for the 60-game season.
Until then, rest up and heal up, Hunter.