Longtime San Francisco Giants fan was Andrew Kachel drafted by the Giants in the 16th round of the 2022 MLB First-Year Player Draft on July 19. He was the 496th pick.
Keuchel is the second Bulldog to be drafted by the Giants after the catcher Zach Morgan took place in the seventh round on 18 July. He was the first second baseman taken by the Giants in this year’s draft and 10th overall out of the college ranks.
A Gilroy native, Kachel said he wasn’t the best in high school. When the Fresno State offer came, he saw an opportunity to “take it further.”
“[Fresno State] it was my only offer,” he said he told Fresno State digital reporter Taylor Martinez. “I told myself that if this coaching staff believes in me enough to give me a scholarship, then I want to commit there. So I committed myself in there [head coach Mike Batesole’s] office.”
Kachel is the 89th MLB draft pick under Batesole since becoming head coach in 2003. According to Kachel, Batesole has been instrumental in advancing his game.
“I think of him for making me who I am today as a player and player,” Kachel said. “I came in weighing 160 not knowing anything about pull-ups. It changed very quickly.”
During 2022 season Kachel started 52 games, spending 41 at third base. He hit .302 at the plate with 61 hits in 202 at-bats, ranking second on the team with 42 runs scored. He tied for the team lead with 11 home runs, totaling 24 in all three seasons at Fresno State.
Like teammate Morgan, Kachel said he would be grateful to go to any team, but he grew up a Giants fan.
“It doesn’t matter where I end up. I mean, that would be awesome [if it was the Giants]because the Giants are my hometown team and I grew up going to Giants games,” Kachel said.
While Kachel said he is eager to begin his journey to play in the city by the bay, he will always cherish his time in the heart of the Central Valley.
“When you hear that music, the red wave of cheers and the national anthem, [there’s] nothing better than that feeling there,” he said. “It never gets old. I’m going to miss that energy.”
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