WVU athletics

West Virginia third baseman Ryan Tuntland has signed with the San Francisco Giants after being drafted in the 29th round.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia third baseman Ryan Tuntland agreed to a contract with the San Francisco Giants, becoming the first pro signee from the Mountaineers’ five draft picks earlier this month.

A 29th-round selection by the Giants, Tuntland batted .325 with three homers and 36 RBIs, seven stolen bases and a team-high 29 walks during his only season at WVU. He spent his first two seasons at Oakland (Mich.) Community College.

“We really wish Ryan the best,” WVU coach Randy Mazey said Tuesday. “He is a great kid and had a great year for us. We’re going to miss him.”

Major-league teams have until July 12 to sign draft picks, which puts three current West Virginia players and one recruit on the clock.

First baseman Ryan McBroom, a 36th-round selection of the Kansas City Royals, has yet to announce his decision, while incoming freshman pitcher Dmitri Casas of Cherry Creek (Colo.) High School is weighing a 38th-round offer from the Phillies.

Left-handed pitcher Harrison Musgrave, the Big 12 pitcher of the year, previously said he intends to return to school after being chosen by the Phillies in the 33rd round, and right-handed pitcher Sean Carley also stated his plans to return after being picked by the Padres in the 34th round.

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  • Dave

    Hats off to Tuntland and Mazey. Good luck with the Giants. Mountaineer fans are proud of you both.

  • Mister

    Congrats Mountaineer. We will follow your career.

  • habib haddad

    The addition of Coach Mazey is akin to the coming of Coach Holgorsen to WVU. Our athletes have a better opportunity to go to the next level in some cases because of the reputation of their coaches. The same is true in recruiting. Good job Ryan and good job Coach Mazey.

    • Joe

      Well stated, Hahbib....could not agree more.

      I simply can't wait for the next few years in our baseball program with Coach Mazey at the helm. I definitely see a super-regional appearance in the next couple of years!