The South Georgia Peanuts, presented by Security Bank, are pleased to
announce that Steve Garrabrants has had his contract purchased by the
Boston Red Sox organization. The signing came one day after Garrabrants
was named the South Coast League player of the month for June. In 31 games
for the Peanuts, he hit .364 with eight home runs and 32 RBI.
Garrabrants is expected to report to the Red Sox High-A team in Lancaster,
CA. This will not be the first time he has played in Lancaster. The
JetHawks served as the Diamondbacks California league team for many years.
Garrabrants has played there parts of two different seasons including in
2004 when Peanuts manager Wally Backman was the manager there. He has
also been assured that he will be playing every day and will have the
opportunity to move up in the system. The Boston minor league system is
currently getting very little production from middle infielders, which
gives Garrabrants a chance to jet his way through the system.
“I am real excited and real happy to get there and get another chance to
make it to the big leagues,” Garrabrants said. “A chance to move up and
get playing time, that is all you can ask for.”
Garrabrants was one of the first players that Backman identified as a guy
he wanted to be part of the Peanuts. Garrabrants had been released from
the Arizona organization after spending 2006 at AA Tennessee. Garrabrants
was a major force in the Peanuts line-up since the beginning of the
season. Besides leading the league in batting average, Garrabrants was
also either the league leader or amongst the league leaders in home runs,
RBI’s, stolen bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
“This is a great move for Stevie to get into a situation where he can play
every day and also move through a system very quickly,” Backman said. “He
is a guy who I have always believed should be in a system because he will
be able to perform as a super utility guy in the big leagues.”
Garrabrants is the second Peanut in less than a week to be signed by an
affiliated organization after Jon Zeringue was signed late last week. In
all, the South Coast League has had three players who were not
draft-eligible be signed by affiliated organizations and all of them have
come from the Peanuts roster.
“Steve is a great ball player and he absolutely crushes the ball,” Peanuts
center fielder Jasha Balcom said. “In his time here, we enjoyed having
him. He was a big bat in our lineup. We are defiantly going to miss him.
We wish him all the best as he heads out to Boston. We know he is going to
do well. We look forward to seeing him in Double-A, Triple-A or the big
leagues this year or next year.”
Garrabrants left immediately when he got the call and is currently driving
the 33 hours to Lancaster, CA. Ironically enough, Lancaster will be
playing Stockton this weekend with Stockton being the team that Zeringue
reported to earlier this week. Coming into the 2007 season, he had a
career .276 professional average with 17 home runs and 152 RBI. He was a
ninth round draft pick out of Arizona State in 2003.