Steven Chandler Okert
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 210 lb.
- School Grayson County College, University of Oklahoma
- High School Rowlett High School
- Debut April 19, 2016
Pitcher Steven Okert reached the major leagues in 2016.
He was drafted three times. Intially, the Milwaukee Brewers took him in the 43rd round of the 2010 amateur draft, one selection ahead of pitcher Daniel Winkler, but he opted not to sign. The Brewers took him again in the 33rd round of the 2011 amateur draft, and though he became the first player from that round to reach the majors, he did not sign this time, either. He inked a contract after being taken by the San Francisco Giants in the 4th round of the 2012 amateur draft.
The reliever posted ERAs of 2.20 and 2.97 in his first two professional campaigns, but 2014 -- his third season -- was his breakout year. Going 2-2 with a 2.11 ERA, 24 saves, 40 games finished and 92 strikeouts (in 68 1/3 innings) over 57 games between the San Jose Giants and Richmond Flying Squirrels, Okert was named a California League Mid-Season All-Star and a MiLB.com Organization All-Star. After posting a 0.75 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 12 innings for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League, he was named a Rising Star and to the All-Prospect Team.
He reached Triple A for the first time in 2015, and though his ERA rose to 3.82 in 52 games, he still posted a 10.1 K/9 IP ratio for the Sacramento River Cats. Entering 2016, he was ranked the #17 prospect in the Giants chain by Baseball America. He had a 2.70 ERA through his first four appearances with Sacramento in 2016 before earning a promotion to the majors. In his first big league appearance, on April 19, he tossed two innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He walked the first batter he faced, Welington Castillo, but finished with two strikeouts in two innings (Jake Lamb and David Peralta).