As the draft approaches, so do the number of new Giants. Three more players are now members of the San Francisco Giants after signing contracts this past week. The team signed two more draftees from the 2005 draft as draft and follows and another fifth year senior, bringing the total up to 3 fifth year seniors and 3 draft and follows signed.
Adam Witter signed with the Giants after finishing his season at East Carolina University. He was signed as a catcher after serving as a first baseman and designated hitter for the Pirates. He hit .286/..401/.544 on the year with 12 doubles, a triple and 14 home runs on the year. He struck out 44 times in 217 at bats and walked 41 times. He led the team in home runs, walks and runs scored, and was given the #23 jersey, an award given to players who display the best hustle, determination and desire on the team. He was named a 2nd team All-Conference-USA player for the 2006 season.
Thomas Neal was drafted in the 36th round, the 1092nd pick of the draft last year. He was a two way guy in high school, and also played football, but shoulder stiffness made him a straight hitter at Riverside CC this year. He is an outfielder, though he also played third base in high school. He hit.313/.473/.554 with 5 doubles and 5 home runs in 83 at bats. He had 18 walks and 8 HBP vs. 19 strikeouts, with 4 stolen bases in 6 attempts. He was 18th in California Junior Colleges in Slugging Percentage and 7th in On Base Percentage. He got a $220,000 bonus, very nice for his round.David Newton, drafed in the 37th round last year, the 1122nd pick overall, returned to West Valley college for his sophomore season, working both ways. He was drafted as a pitcher by the Giants and will probably stay on the mound, although in 2005 he was named to the All-NorCal team by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association as an outfielder. As a pitcher this season, he was 8-1 working as both a starter and closer, and struck out 40 in 32.2 innings, while he hit .348 on the season.
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