The San Francisco Giants made six pre-draft signings last year to add onto what eventually became a strong draft. For 2007, the Giants picked up just one player.
The Giants signed infielder Skyler Stromsmoe from Southern Arkansas University just before the May 31st deadline to make such signings.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound hitter has already reported to the team's minor league facility in Arizona, though he may be moved to Salem-Keizer when the season begins. Stromsmoe played second base, shortstop and the outfield for SAU, and he said he expects to do the same in the pros, working in a utility role.
Stromsmoe batted .330 for the Muleriders, which was good enough for just sixth-best on the team. But he did collect a team-high 39 walks against 22 strikeouts, and was tied for second on the team with 13 hit-by-pitches. He was second on the team with a .457 on-base percentage.
The Etzikom (Alberta) native also flashes the kind of speed the Giants love, with a Gulf South conference leading 52 stolen bases on 55 attempts. His speed and offensive skills earned him first team honors on the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Baseball Team.
The signing comes ahead of the important 2007 draft, when the Giants will have six picks in the top 51 overall. The Giants have placed an importance on middle infielders in recent times, drafting four shortstops in the top 13 rounds in 2006.
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