3 prospects who could help the SF Giants in 2023
3. Third baseman Casey Schmitt
Unlike Marco Luciano and Kyle Harrison, Casey Schmitt has played a handful of games in Triple-A. In terms of climbing up the minor league ladder, Schmitt is the furthest along. However, he might be the last of the three to debut next year.
Schmitt was selected in the second round of the 2020 draft out of San Diego State University. He served as both the team's third baseman and closer in college, but the Giants never put much thought into developing him as a reliever.
Between him and Harrison, the 2020 draft class could be one of the Giants' strongest classes in years.
Schmitt posted an .837 OPS with 17 home runs in 383 plate appearances for the Eugene Emeralds last year before receiving a promotion to Double-A. With the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the right-handed bat continued his torrid pace, posting an .895 OPS with three homers in 127 plate appearances.
The 23-year-old tallied five hits in 15 at-bats in a late-season promotion to Triple-A. He will likely begin the year with the Sacramento River Cats. Schmitt's value extends beyond his bat as he was named as a Minor League Gold Glove winner for third base.
The glove was originally considered his carrying tool, but his bat really showed improvement in 2022. Schmitt will be making a case for a promotion as soon as next season begins.