Here are the 10 most important young players for the SF Giants’ future

The San Francisco Giants have a number of young players that will make or break the team in the coming years.

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Casey Schmitt

Every team needs a potential defensive standout in the infield and the Giants have that in Schmitt who has a cannon of an arm and a ton of range in the infield. The issue so far has been that Schmitt has struggled to hit consistently as a pro and those struggles have carried over to the big leagues as he has just a 62 wRC+ with the Giants in 2023. One hopes that he can get those hitting issues sorted out because if he can, he could be a very valuable player for a long time.

Grant McCray

Grant McCray is an interesting case because while he has a ton of big time tools including his speed and raw power, his production in the minor leagues has been somewhat lackluster other than last season where he posted an .897 OPS. However, that is what makes him important because that potential value and upside could be what allows him to be a useful trade piece in the near future. The Giants could hold on to him to see if he figures some more things out, but the risk there is that he becomes a perennial quad-A player in an organization that already has a bunch of young outfield prospects.

Vaun Brown

On the other side of the outfield prospect coin, we have Vaun Brown who not only has a ton of physical tools at his disposal, but he has absolutely raked in the minor leagues. Brown was coming off back-to-back 1.000+ OPS seasons coming into 2023 and while he has cooled down a little bit, it hasn't been by much. Our best guess is that he spends a bit more time in Double-A before the Giants move him up to Triple-A. If he hits there as well, he could be in the big leagues in a hurry.

Camilo Doval

Finally, we come to another familiar face in Camilo Doval. It is hard to find reliable bullpen arms that you can put on the mound in any high leverage situation. Not only has Doval been reliable, he has excelled in those spots on his way to an All-Star appearance this season. Relievers are the most volatile young asset in baseball, but Camilo has all the makings of a guy that could anchor the bullpen for the next few years at minimum.

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