Jun 18, 2013 8:10 PM by Andrew Masuda
Imagine going from studying for finals one week to signing a contract with the San Francisco Giants and receiving a signing bonus of $440,000. It's all become a reality for former Cal Poly relief pitcher Chase Johnson. The third round draft pick signed a deal with the Giants on Tuesday to begin his professional baseball career.
San Francisco selected Johnson with the 101st overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft earlier this month. Armed with a fastball in the low to mid 90's, Johnson was one of the Mustangs' most reliable relief pitchers down the stretch. He threw 4 1/3 shutout innings in three games at the NCAA Regional. Johnson wasn't used much earlier in the season. He appeared in 15 games overall and posted a 2.31 ERA in 23 1/3 innings with 21 strikeouts. The 6-3, 190 pounder posted 8 saves his sophomore season with the Mustangs. He appeared in 58 games in his Mustang career.
Johnson is the first of the five Mustangs taken in this year's draft to sign. Players have until July 12 to ink deals with their clubs. Senior pitcher Joey Wagman went in the 17th round to the Chicago White Sox, sophomore reliever Reed Reilly was taken by the Orioles in the 18th round, junior infielder Jimmy Allen went in the 23rd round to the Boston Red Sox, reliever Michael Holback went to St. Louis in the 25th round and second baseman Denver Chavez was taken by Arizona in the 30th round.
UCSB infielder Brandon Trinkwon has also signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who selected him in the 7th round. He will report to the Dodgers' Rookie League Ogden Raptors. Trinkwon hit .280 with a .367 on-base percentage and 40 runs scored as a junior for the Gauchos. He was the highest UCSB position player drafted since 2006.
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