LUBBOCK, TX – In the eighth round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, the San Francisco Giants selected Lubbock Christian University catcher Joe Staley.
Staley is the highest positional player drafted from Lubbock Christian University all-time and the second highest overall player selected from LCU behind pitcher Bob Hinson, who was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the fifth round of the 1983 draft. The Decatur, Texas native claimed Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors and was recently selected as a NAIA First Team All-American. Staley finished the season leading the team with a .440 batting average with 92 hits and 12 home runs leading to 69 runs-batted-in. He completed the season on a team-high 24-game hitting streak and led the team with 40 walks and was hit by a pitch 14 times leading to a team-best .543 on base percentage. The junior catcher also held a 99.6% fielding percentage with just one error committed. He produced 26 multi-hit games and ranked tenth in hits (92) in the NAIA.
Staley is the 31st player drafted in program history and the seventh under Chaparrals head coach Nathan Blackwood. Of the seven players drafted, the only one that has appeared actively in the 2010 season is 2008 Baltimore draft selection Buck Britton, who is batting .272 with three homers and 26 runs-batted-in with Class-A Advanced Frederick Keys. Britton helped lead the Keys to a Carolina League victory over the Potomac Nations Monday, who had Ivan Rodriguez on rehab-assignment.
The Giants selected Staley with the 258th selection, and he was their first catcher selected by the Giants. Overall in the draft, Staley was the 19th catcher selected overall, and he was the first player chosen from an NAIA program. Staley is the second player ever from LCU drafted by the Giants. San Francisco drafted Darius Copley in the 22nd round of the 1978 draft.
It was the second time Joe Staley has heard is name announced in the draft. He was drafted in 2007 during the 39th round by the Tamp Bay Devil Rays (now Rays). He decided to forgo the signing process following that draft and he will face the same challenge now. Either Staley will sign or he will return to LCU for his senior season. The Chaps finished the 2010 season with a 46-16 record en route to a Sooner Athletic Conference regular season title and their ninth appearance at the NAIA World Series.