Giants ink third-round pick Kieschnick

Giants ink third-round pick Kieschnick

HOUSTON -- The Giants signed one of their top selections from June's First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday, but it wasn't Buster Posey.

San Francisco signed Texas Tech University outfielder Roger Kieschnick, their third-round pick (82nd overall). The Giants have signed 25 of their first 31 draftees, but Posey, the heralded catcher from Florida State University, has continued to elude them as Friday's 9 p.m. PT deadline approaches.

Giants general manager Brian Sabean has declined to address the subject of talks with Posey. Posey's agent, Jeff Barry, did not return phone messages Wednesday. It's believed that if the Giants sign Posey, who reportedly is seeking an eight-figure deal, they might have to give him a Major League contract, which is not an unprecedented move.

Kieschnick, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 215 pounds, signed a contract for 2009 and won't join a Minor League affiliate for the scant portion of the season that remains. He will join other prospects for instructional league next month.

Kieschnick hit .305 with 47 runs, 15 doubles, three triples, 17 home runs and 65 RBIs in 55 games for Texas Tech this season. He's a nephew of former Major Leaguer Brooks Kieschnick.

The Giants also are said to be close to signing shortstop Brandon Crawford, their fourth-round pick (117th overall) out of UCLA.

Chris Haft is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.