SF Giants Prospects: 5 Strongest Positions in the Farm System
SF Giants Farm System’s Strongest Positions
4. Third Base
Strong Candidates: Luis Toribio, Will Wilson, Casey Schmitt, Diego Velasquez
Possible: Sean Roby, Anthony Rodriguez
Some groups are carried by specific elite talents. Others, like the Giants depth chart at third base, are filled with several legitimate potential everyday players. None of Luis Toribio, Will Wilson, and Casey Schmitt are surefire impact players, but all have a case to rank among the system’s 15 best prospects, and every list has all three among the organization’s top 25 prospects. If a position lacks an obvious potential impact player, you want to see multiple everyday options, and the Giants have that at third.
There are some questions about Wilson and Toribio’s defensive futures. Toribio has below-average hands and struggles with his glove work. However, I think his plus arm leads the Giants to keep him at third instead of pushing a move to second or first. Wilson has primarily played shortstop, but the Giants have moved him all over the diamond in the past year. He has a far better glove than Toribio and an above-average arm that should make him average or better at both second or third base.
On the other hand, Schmitt is considered a safe bet to become at least an above-average defender at third, with many seeing plus potential. A two-way player at San Diego State, Schmitt’s low-90s fastball plays as plus at third alongside strong glovework.
Sean Roby has struggled mightily defensively in his professional career. He’s probably a future designated hitter, but I think he’s better suited for third base than first if he has to play the field.
Not a premium defensive position, there are very likely some current shortstops in the organization that will see time at third down the line as well. Diego Velasquez, one of the organization’s costliest international signings in the 2020-21 cycle, is the most obvious name, with an advanced bat and broad frame that is almost certainly headed for a future at the hot corner.