Lincecum Signs Professional Contract
June 30, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The San Francisco Giants agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Tim Lincecum, their first round pick (10th overall selection) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today.
The 2006 Golden Spikes Award winner will start his professional career with the Giants' short-season single-A team at Salem-Keizer. Per club policy, terms were not disclosed.
'Like I've said since we drafted Tim a few weeks ago, we're excited and a bit shocked that a player of his caliber was available when we drafted,' said Sabean. 'That said, we're anxious to get Tim acclimated to the professional ranks and see where his career goes from there.'
A two-time Pacific-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year, Lincecum earned that honor and first team All-America accolades after a dominating 2006 campaign at the University of Washington in which he posted a 12-4 record with three saves and a 1.94 ERA (27er, 125.1ip) in 22 games for the Huskies, including 17 starts. The country's top strikeout artist, his 199 whiffs were 41 more than anyone else, while he averaged 14.3 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. He also limited opposing batters to a miniscule .173 batting average (75-for-434), while issuing only 63 walks.
A native of Renton, Wash., Lincecum put together a brilliant summer in the 2005 Cape Cod League. Pitching for the Harwich Mariners, he fashioned a league-leading 0.69 ERA, while compiling seven saves and striking out 68 batters in just 39.1 innings of work. Baseball America tabbed the 5-11, 170-pound hurler as a Summer All-American after he held Cape opponents to a .104 mark.
Courtesy San Francisco Giants public relations