Gabe Kapler excited about Giants homegrown talent coming up through ranks


The Giants are flirting with the .500 line again this season, but it feels different at McCovey Cove.

There’s a sense of excitement brewing with the young prospects like infielder Casey Schmitt and catcher Patrick Bailey coming up and making impacts on the big-league roster.

During an interview with 95.7 The Game’s “The Morning Roast” on Thursday, Giants manager Gabe Kapler told Bonta Hill and Joe Shasky why there’s such a buzz around the team right now.

“Nothing excites fans like homegrown players,” Kapler said..”I think everybody respects and appreciates big-name free agents. I was in Philadelphia when Bryce Harper came to town and, man, that was a huge boost to the city. As we brought in some smaller name free agents, some really good players, that brought some energy to the city.

“But there’s nothing like when a player comes up and performs and the city’s, like, ‘Man, we might have this guy for the next 10 years and he might be a cornerstone for us, and we didn’t have to spend several hundred million dollars to get him. We signed him out of the draft and he was developed by our player and development system. I think that makes everyone feel warm and fuzzy. That’s what we’re seeing with guys like Casey (Schmitt) and Camilo (Doval) and Pat Bailey.”

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