Donovan McIntyre had followed the MLB Draft for a couple days waiting to potentially hear his name called.
Then, it happened for the Marian Catholic outfielder.
The San Francisco Giants had drafted McIntyre in the 11th round with the 326th pick overall on July 13 in the MLB Draft.
“I was actually in the car with my mom on the way to work,” McIntyre said. “Then I saw it on Instagram, ‘The San Francisco Giants have selected Donovan McIntyre.’ It was disbelief. It was nerve-wracking watching the draft. Minutes felt like hours, hours like days, waiting for that call to hear you’re next.”
McIntyre was a Kent State University recruit.
After taking some time to discuss the decision whether to go pro or attend Kent State for his freshman year, McIntyre chose to sign with the Giants and begin his professional career.
McIntyre, a 6’2”, 165-pound outfielder, is a Richton Park resident and graduated from Marian Catholic this spring.
Leading up to the draft, McIntyre said, he received interest and had been in contact with four teams, including the White Sox, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Giants.
Still, he knew nothing was guaranteed.
“We weren’t sure. The Giants kept things close to their chest,” McIntyre said. “I was more hopeful than anything. A couple teams had shown interest, but who would actually go get me? I was ready for whatever happened.”
In his senior season for the Marian Catholic, McIntyre hit .455 with 3 home runs, 27 RBI, 39 runs, 8 doubles, 3 triples and a .558 on-base percentage.
He was also a terror on the base paths, piling up 36 stolen bases and being caught only once. He committed just one error patrolling left field next to Louisville recruit and center fielder Eddie King.
McIntyre was not on the varsity as a sophomore. After missing his junior season due to the pandemic, the fleet-footed outfielder hit the ground running in his varsity debut as a senior.
“It’s a true testament to his work ethic and how hard he’s worked to get here,” said Marian Catholic Coach Tony DeCarlo. “He’s a very intelligent kid and can be unbelievably good. His ability in the game is unbelievable.”
Unable to play last year when the pandemic canceled the 2020 spring season, McIntyre did his best to make the most of the time off the field.
In his freshman year, McIntyre checked in at around 5’7”, but he hit a growth spurt since and is now 6’2”.
“I’d started to grow some before the pandemic. I was in the weight room a ton, and I was hitting a lot,” McIntyre said. “I was going six days a week, training as much as I could. I wanted to keep going and see what I can do. I was more hungry. I started to see the fruits of my labor.”
DeCarlo, a Mt. Greenwood resident, said McIntyre took some huge strides forward over the last two years.
“We knew he would be good, but he’s grown so much,” DeCarlo said. “Donovan is the real deal. For sure he can do it physically. He was a good leader and matured. He’s the type of kid everyone wants on the team.”
McIntyre reported to the Giants spring training facility in Arizona last week. He said he can’t wait to continue his path toward the big leagues.
“I think I can be an elite outfielder,” McIntyre said. “I love to run and go get it out in the outfield. I want to smack the ball around the field and run the bases.”