The San Francisco Giants selected Casey Schmitt with the 49th overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft on Thursday. Schmitt is a third baseman from San Diego State, who also is a right-handed pitcher. He’s expected to focus on being a third baseman in the pros, but could be developed as a reliever as well.
This is a legit two-way prospect. I can definitely see the Giants sheparding him through the system giving him an opportunity in both roles. Emphasis will likely will be on the hitter side though.— GPT (@giantsprospects) June 11, 2020
The Giants chose him with their second-round selection, which was their second pick of the draft. They have five more selections.
Schmitt is 21.3 years old, 6’2, and 200 pounds.
He ranked 71st on ESPN’s big board, and 87th on Fangraphs. Both publications gave him a future value of 40. Here’s what Fangraphs had to say about him:
Above average raw power, defense at 3B and arm strength and performed last spring and on the Cape. Is up to 96 mph on the mound with an above average splitter and fringy slider.
2R (49): Giants select 3B/RHP/RHH Casey Schmitt (21.3Y, 6'2" 200) out of SDSU. Very good defender at 3B, plus arm, feel to hit and plenty of raw power. Good balance in swing. Also pitches (was closer for SDSU), low 90s FB with a plus splitter. pic.twitter.com/zoX76ddpVY— GPT (@giantsprospects) June 11, 2020
Of course, the Giants have a good history of developing third basemen who can also pitch. Pablo Sandoval is a 2-time All-Star third baseman who has a pristine 0.00 ERA in 2 innings of relief.
Welcome to the Giants, Casey Schmitt. We’ll dream of you being a two-way star, no matter what the odds say. But it will be fun to see if the team gives him the chance to develop on both sides of the diamond.
Here are the Giants picks so far, and their remaining selections:
#13 — Patrick Bailey, C, North Carolina State
#49 — Casey Schmitt, 3B/RHP, San Diego State