The SF Giants have inked their first two undrafted free agents, per Baseball America
The MLB Draft was just five rounds this year. After that, the San Francisco Giants and MLB’s other 29 teams were in an open competition to sign any undrafted free agents.
There are plenty of them this year, with MLB normally holding 40 rounds of draft. However, not all free agents will necessarily be willing to sign with teams.
So far the Giants have picked up a pair of players — outfielder Carter Williams out of North Carolina Central University and right-handed pitcher Ty Weber out of Illinois, per Baseball America.
Who is Giants free-agent signee Carter Williams?
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound 22-year-old Williams is the modern all-time hits leader at NCCU with 208. That is good for ninth-most all-time in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference baseball history, the university’s press release notes.
He batted .329 with a .477 slugging percentage and .410 on-base percentage across 157 games, ranking in the top-five in each category in the modern era at NCCU. Williams also led the Eagles and is in the top-10 in MEAC career records in doubles with 43, and runs scored with 127.
“We are very proud that Carter will have the opportunity to represent NCCU as a member of the Giants organization,” NCCU baseball coach Jim Koerner said. “He has worked extremely hard for this, and we’re excited that all his work has paid off. Not only has he had a tremendous career with us, he is an equally tremendous person with great character.”
Who is Giants free-agent signee Ty Weber?
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound pitcher turned 22 years old in March. His senior year was cut short due to COVID-19, but Weber was set to serve as the Fighting Illini’s ace pitcher. He had a 2-0 record and 1.31 ERA for the season when his college career suddenly ended.
In 2019, he went 4-3, with a 3.28 ERA, 79.2 IP, .220 batting average against, and 46 strikeouts to 32 walks. For his career he finished with 12 wins and a 3.97 ERA across 260.2 innings.
Weber announced his signing on Instagram.
In March, he told the Champagne Room, “Everything is just kinda turned upside down and when is the draft going to be? Is it going to be a draft that only has a certain number of rounds? That’s stuff that I, myself, haven’t fully grasped and thought in depth of.”