Giants Select Williams 43rd Overall
June 7, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma catcher Jackson Williams was drafted on day one of the 2007 MLB Draft on Thursday by the San Francisco Giants with the 43rd overall pick (Supplemental First Round).
The junior is the first Sooner taken in this year's draft and also the first player selected from the Big 12 Conference.
Williams, the fifth catcher selected in the draft, hit .344 during his third year at Oklahoma after a strong finish to the season that saw him hit safely in 18 of the last 20 games with 25 RBIs. He joins former Sooner Ryan Rohlinger, who was selected by the Giants in the seventh round of the 2006 draft. Rohlinger is playing Class A ball with the Augusta Greenjackets.
In his third year as OU's starting catcher, Williams hit .327 and drove in 27 runs in conference play and was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team by the league's coaches. He was also selected to the All-Big 12 First Team as selected by two local media outlets from around the conference (Daily Oklahoman and San Antonio Express News).
The Broken Arrow, Okla., native is the seventh catcher in OU history (since 1967) to be selected at the position in the first 10 rounds and the second highest behind John Russell (first round in 1982 - Philadelphia Phillies).
Dick Tidrow, the Giants' vice president of player personnel, had this to say about Williams on www.sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com:
"We see him as a big-league starter in the future," Tidrow said of Williams, 21. "He's probably the best defensive catcher in the draft."
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