SF Giants 49th pick overall: Third baseman Casey Schmitt, San Diego State University
The fact that Casey Schmitt is a third baseman could have an asterisk by it because that is not all he does in the field. Schmitt spent time at the hot corner, but also worked out of the bullpen as the team’s closer.
Defensively, the 21-year-old should have no problem sticking at third base as he has a plus arm and strong instincts. I would not be surprised to see the Giants try him out at second base as well to expand his versatility.
He has the ability to pitch at the next level, but his staying power is as a position player. in three college seasons, the right-handed bat posted a .296/.366/.408 line with six home runs.
This included an 8 percent walk rate against a 14.1 percent strikeout rate. These peripheral numbers carry added importance because the Giants are actively targeting hitters who control the strike zone well. This means being able to identify the difference between strikes and balls quickly, and swinging at pitches in the hitter’s damage zone.
Schmitt did not show much home run power in college, but this pick represents projectability over performance. The front office believes that he can add more power as he develops, so this will be a good barometer for the new regime’s ability to coach and develop prospects.
Despite this, I believe the projectability is too risky for a second-round pick. However, we will be laughing at this in a couple of years when Schmitt blasts two home runs and collects the save all in his major league debut.