Brady Steiger, an infielder on the 2013 Lewis-Clark State College baseball team that advanced to the championship round of the Avista-NAIA World Series in May, has signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees.
Steiger, who was a second team NAIA All-American after leading the Warriors with a .430 batting average that ranked third in the nation, was playing with the Seattle Studs of the Pacific International League at the time of his signing.
“One of the Yankees’ area scouts showed up for one of our games last week introduced himself and asked if I’d be interested (in signing). He called me back every day after that, and 3-4 days later everything was said and done,” said Steiger, a Port Orchard, Wash. native. “It’s been a dream to play professional baseball, and I told myself that if it happens I’m not going to pass up that kind of opportunity. It was a tougher decision for my family and me because LC has done so much for us, but (Warrior coach Jeremiah) Robbins supported me 100 percent.”
Steiger will be assigned to the GCL Yankees of the short-season Gulf Coast League, based in Tampa, Fla. He hopes to be on the field, playing first base, for the Yankees by the end of this week.
The GCL runs through August 29, but Steiger hopes to be invited to fall instructional league following his stint in Tampa.
In his one season at LCSC, following a transfer from Sierra (Calif.) College, Steiger was ranked nationally in the top 50 in 11 different offensive categories, including fifth in hits (89), eighth in doubles (22) and ninth in runs scored (61).
He also had five home runs and 49 runs batted in for the Warriors, who finished 45-15 in 2013 with Steiger in the middle of the batting order.
He becomes the 10th Warrior alumnus currently playing professional baseball. A total of 122 LCSC baseball players have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, and 15 have played in the major leagues.
“Without Robbins, (assistant coach Allen) Balmer and (assistant coach Justin) Fuller, I would never have had the season I did,” Steiger said. “Them pushing me and the team harder than we’ve ever been pushed, day in and day out, made us all better. The work ethic I want to use to move up through the Yankee organization comes from LC.”
"We are all very proud of what Brady has done for the program in his one season as a Warrior. He was a leader for us both on and off the field,” Robbins said of Steiger. “The staff knew that this day might come with Brady. He can flat out hit, and at any level. He proved that in the Warrior uniform and continued this summer with the Studs. Although we were looking forward to having Brady back in the Warrior uniform, we understand his aspirations of professional baseball. We wish Brady the best. The Yankees signed a good player, but more importantly a great human being."