One catching prospect returned to camp earlier this week, but the SF Giants added three more prospects to the mix. A pair of catching prospects in Robert Emery and Max Wright along with middle infield prospect Jimmy Glowenke were added to the camp roster according to the team's transaction log.
SF Giants add three prospects to camp as non-roster invitees
The Giants played in split-squad games on Friday and Saturday, so the they likely wanted to make sure they have enough coverage. And, they are living the old baseball adage of "you can never have enough catching."
That is especially true in spring training as teams hold bullpens with multiple pitchers. The move gives San Francisco nine catchers on the non-roster list along with two on the 40-man roster in Joey Bart and Blake Sabol.
Though, Emery and Wright are being added to the competition, they are not in the mix for a spot on the Opening Day roster. Neither one has extenstive experience in the upper minors. However, Emery did register an .815 OPS with four home runs in 125 plate appearances in Double-A last year. Both catchers have appeared in Triple-A, but in a very small sample.
Interestingly, Emery and Wright were both originally added as undrafted free agents. In the case of Emery, he was signed as an undrafted free agent as a result of the five-round draft in 2020. The 26-year-old would likely have been selected otherwise.
Emery is a well-known prospect as he played locally in the Bay Area at the University of San Francisco. In two minor league seasons, he has slashed .262/.378/.416 with an 11.5 percent walk rate against a 23.5 percent strikeout rate. On the other hand, Wright attended Indiana State University and has posted a .718 OPS in two seasons with the Giants organization.
Jimmy Glowenke is arguably the most notable prospect from the bunch. The Giants selected him in the second round of the 2020 draft out of Dallas Baptist University. He can play all around the infield and has compiled a .239/.341/.427 line with a 10.1 percent walk rate against a 26.3 percent strikeout rate.
This is a good experience for all three prospects and gives Giants fans exposure to prospects that might not see otherwise.