Giants sign first-round pick Chris Stratton

SAN FRANCISCO, CA –The San Francisco Giants have signed right-handed pitcher, Chris Stratton, their first round selection (20th overall) in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, the club announced today.

Stratton, who attended Mississippi State, joined former first round pick Will Clark as the only first round selections from Mississippi State by the Giants.

The, 6-3, 198-pound right-hander from Tupelo, Mississippi is one of 30 semi-finalists for this year’s Golden Spikes award as well as a semifinalist for the NCBWA’s Dick Howser Trophy. The right-hander lead the Southeastern Conference with 11 wins and a 2.21 ERA (25er, 102.0ip), while finishing second with 123 strikeouts. Overall, Stratton went 11-2 with 1 save, while walking 25 batters and holding opponents to a .211 batting average against. Stratton was named to the 2012 Louisville Slugger NCAA Division One All-American First Team as well as the 2012 All-SEC First Team. He received the C Spire Ferriss Trophy, given each year to the top collegiate baseball player in Mississippi.

In addition to Stratton, San Francisco has signed 21 other players from the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. The Giants have come to terms with 10 of their first 20 selections from last week’s draft and have now signed 11 of their 21 pitchers, three of four catchers, four of seven infielders and four of eight outfielders.

The pitchers include: RHP Chris Stratton (1st), LHP Joseph Kurrasch (8th), RHP Ian Gardeck (16th), RHP Christopher Johnson (17th), LHP Randall Zeigler (19th), LHP Andrew Leenhouts (23rd), LHP Mason McVay (26th), LHP Chris Fern (27th), RHP Jason Forjet (31st), LHP Christopher Pickering (32nd) and RHP Brandon Farley (33rd).

The position players include: catchers Leonardo Rojas (15th), Benjamin Turner (21st) and Sam Eberle (25th); infielders Jeremy Sy (12th), Ryan Jones (13th), Matthew Duffy (18th) and Joseph Rapp (28th); outfielders Shilo McCall (9th), Brennan Metzger (22nd), Andrew Cain (24th) and Shayne Houck (29th).

A full list of the Giants' signed draft picks are as follows:

2012 FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT

Rd  Pick  Name                          Pos   School                  HT   WT   B/T  Birthdate    Scout

1    20      Stratton, Chris             RHP  Miss. St.               6-3   190          R/R             8/22/1990  Walker

8    268    Kurrasch, Joseph         LHP   Penn St.                6-2   205  L/L   6/19/1991    DiCarlo

9    298    McCall, Shilo               CF     Piedra Vista HS     6-0   210  R/R  6/2/1994      Hensley

12   388    Sy, Jeremy                  SS     Louisiana Monroe  5-11 180  R/R  10/14/1989  Walker      

13   418    Jones, Ryan                2B     Michigan St.          5-11 170  R/R  9/8/1990      Christman

15   478    Rojas, Leonardo          C       Miami Dade CC     5-10 175  R/R  6/11/1990    Metcalf

16   508    Gardeck, Ian                RHP  Alabama                6-2   225  R/R  11/21/1990  Jefferson

17   538    Johnson, Christopher   RHP  Portland                6-4   205  R/R  8/24/1991    Woodward

18   568    Duffy, Matthew            SS     Long Beach St.      6-2   170  R/R  1/15/1991    Cameron

19   598    Zeigler, Randall            LHP   Louisiana Monroe  6-1   183  L/L   8/30/1989    Walker

21   658    Turner, Benjamin          C       Missouri                6-5   225  R/R  4/27/1990    Murray

22   688    Metzger, Brennan         CF     Long Beach St.      5-11 180  R/R  12/15/1989  Cameron

23   718    Leenhouts, Andrew      LHP   Northeastern          6-3   200  L/L   3/28/1990    Tufts

24   748    Cain, Andrew               CF     UNC-Wilmington    6-6   220  R/R  3/24/1990    Cleveland

25   778    Eberle, Sam                C       Jacksonville St.     6-0   215  R/R  2/1/1990      Jefferson

26   808    McVay, Mason            LHP   Florida Int.             6-7   240  L/L   8/15/1990    Metcalf

27   838    Fern, Chris                   LHP   Union College        6-4   215  L/L   8/22/1991    Merrill

28   868    Rapp, Joseph              1B     Louisiana Monroe  6-3   220  R/R  11/27/1989  Walker

29   898    Houck, Shayne            OF     Kutzton University  6-1   210  R/R  5/29/1990    DiCarlo

31   958    Forjet, Jason               RHP  Fla Gulf Coast       6-2   185  R/R  1/4/1990      Metcalf

32   988    Pickering, Christopher  LHP   U. Rhode Island     6-1   190  L/L   2/21/1989    Tufts

33   1018  Farley, Brandon           RHP  Arkansas St.          6-2   215  R/R  8/1/1990      Walker