Giants Sign Top Pick Chris Stratton - NBC Bay Area

Giants Sign Top Pick Chris Stratton



    Tuesday was a pretty, pretty, pretty good night for the Giants. They beat the Astros 6-3 behind a stellar performance by Madison Bumgarner (12 K's and his first career jimmy jack) and they also managed to sign the guy who'll hopefully be the next big addition to the pitching staff, first-round pick Chris Stratton.

    The Giants announced the signing via Twitter, and according to Baseball America (via, Stratton signed for $1.85 million, which is what his draft slot calls for.

    Stratton was in San Francisco for the Giants game on Tuesday and is headed to Arizona to work with the Giants, telling reporters he's "ready to go to work."

    "We wanted to get in the system and learn everything they have to offer," Stratton said. "I'm ready to go to work."

    Stratton go to witness first-hand exactly what working in the Giants system can do for talented pitchers, as Bumgarner shredded the Astros lineup over 7.2 innings and sounded excited to be joining a franchise with a reputation for developing top-flight pitchers.

    “That's all you want as a pitcher,” he said. “You want to be with a program that develops the best players and the pitchers. Just to be alongside some of these guys maybe in the future is an honor.”

    Here's Stratton, via Steve Berman of, talking about the Giants and how he looks up to Matt Cain.

    Stratton, a Mississippi State product, won't likely make it to the majors as quickly as some recent Giants draft picks, but that's not because he's not talented. It's mainly because all the other recently-drafted pitchers are occupying the rotation.

    Along with Stratton, the Giants also signed 21 other draft picks and you can check the full list of folks at