Giants draft Sam Coonrod in the 5th round

    Sam Coonrod posted a 2.87 ERA in 15 starts in 2014.

    Sam Coonrod posted a 2.87 ERA in 15 starts in 2014.
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    June 6, 2014

    Southern Illinois junior right-handed pitcher Sam Coonrod has been drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 5th round of the 2014 MLB Draft. Coonrod, who completed his junior season last month, was the 148th overall player selected in the draft. He is the earliest SIU player drafted since the Milwaukee Brewers took right-handed pitcher Cody Adams with the 62nd overall pick in 2008.

    “I’m excited and extremely honored to be a Giant,” Coonrod said. “I want to thank Coach Henderson, Coach Finigan, Coach Strain, Coach Lincoln and every coach I’ve ever had. I learned from all of them. I feel very blessed and want to thank God, who made this all possible.”

    A three-year starter for the Salukis, Coonrod led the team in 2014 with a 2.87 ERA, which ranked 10th in the Missouri Valley Conference. He held opponents to a .226 batting average and struck out 77 batters in 84.2 innings of work. Coonrod is expected to forgo his final year of eligibility at SIU and sign with the Giants.

    “We’re very proud of and happy for Sam,” SIU Coach Ken Henderson said. “He has worked extremely hard and earned this opportunity. We are confident that he will have success at the next level.”