- Full name Richard Andrew Kachel
- Born 12/24/2000 in San Jose, CA
- Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 170 / Bats: L / Throws: R
- School Fresno State
Drafted in the 16th round (496th overall) by the San Francisco Giants in 2022 (signed for $125,000).
View Draft ReportKachel generated a lot of buzz this spring and is a draft target for analytically-inclined teams who love his track record of production at Fresno State. He earned all-Mountain West conference honors his first two seasons and hit .302/.395/.559 with 11 home runs as a junior. Kachel isn’t overly physical at 6 foot, 170 pounds, but he has a sound approach, plenty of bat speed and a knack for barreling the ball from the left side. He has wiry strength and surprising power for his size, giving him a chance to reach double-digit home runs. Kachel doesn't offer much defensively. He is a below-average defender with poor hands at both third base and second base and may have to move to the outfield. He's an intense player who performs best in big moments.
School: Fresno State Committed/Drafted: Never Drafted
Age At Draft: 21.6
Kachel generated a lot of early buzz this spring and is likely a draft target for analytically-inclined teams who love his track record of hitting and overall production at Fresno State over the last two years. He earned All-Mountain West honors in 2020 and was named to the All-Mountain West first team in 2021 after hitting .300/.407/.420 and .328/.422/.609, respectively. He followed that up with a less spectacular but still solid 2022 campaign, where he hit .302/.395/.559 with 11 home runs, nine doubles and an 18.9% strikeout rate. Kachel isn’t overly physical at 6 feet, 170 pounds, and he doesn’t project to hit for a ton of power, but he has a sound approach and a knack for barreling the ball. He’s played all over the infield but spent most of his time at third base and first base this spring, with below-average hands that could move him off the infield entirely without more improvement.