KEIZER, Ore. - The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes bolstered its roster with eight new draftees from the San Francisco Giants 2017 draft class.
After adding seven ballplayers on June 30, seven more players have been added to the roster. The seven Volcanoes are listed below:
Bryce Johnson (Round 6) - OF
Tyler Schimpf (Round 13) - RHP
Michael Sexton (Round 14) - 3B
Orlando Garcia (Round 15) - SS
Logan Baldwin (Round 21) - CF
Shane Matheny (Round 23) - 3B
Dalton Combs (Round 35) - RF
The most notable addition from the list is outfielder Bryce Johnson. A center fielder out of Sam Houston State University, Johnson excelled in his junior season with the Bearcats, slashing .350/.453/.433 with a .886 OPS in 67 games. He also racked up 92 hits, 43 runs batted in and 63 runs scored in 2017.
Scouts took note of Johnson's "plus or better" raw speed and his high IQ on the base paths, as exhibited by his 33 steals this past season and his 83% success rate. Although he possesses little thump, Johnson has superb contact skills. He only struck out 41 times in 263 at-bats while walking 34 times en route to a .350 batting average.
Johnson showed off some of his tools in his first appearance in a Volcano uniform. The 21-year-old switch hitter went 1-for-4 with two stolen bases and scored two runs in the team's 4-2 loss to the Tri-City Dust Devils last night.
Only Tyler Schimpf and Shane Matheny have yet to make their debut for Salem-Keizer. Schimpf was drafted out of the University of Texas, where he pitched to the tune of a 1.56 ERA in 17.1 innings pitched with the Longhorns in 2017. Matheny hit .309 with a .879 OPS with the Washington State University Cougars prior to being drafted by the Giants.
Michael Sexton recorded two hits and an RBI, and Orlando Garcia also drove in a run last night's contest. Sexton attended The Master's College prior to transferring from Lewis-Clark State College. Garcia was a late-round pick out of Texas Tech University, where he slugged 13 home runs and compiled a .305 batting average and a .936 OPS in 2017.
Logan Baldwin swiped a bag and Dalton Combs drew a walk against the Dust Devils. Baldwin was selected out of Georgia Southern University where he produced a line of .308/.370/.444 with a .814 OPS during the 2017 season. Combs hit .402 with Huntington University in 2017.
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