The South Kitsap grad, a first baseman/third baseman at Lewis-Clark State, was playing for the semi-pro Seattle Studs this summer. Bypassed in the draft, the Yankees liked what they saw this summer.
Here’s a column I wrote about Steiger this spring. He took an interesting route to get to professional baseball, giving up the sport at one point while on scholarship at Washington State. Once he got the bug again, he played a year of JC baseball in California and landed at LC-State last year.
Here’s what his coach at LC-State, Jeremiah Robbins, had to say about Steiger:
“He’s been phenomenal this year,” Robbins said. “The guy has the highest work ethic I’ve ever had in a player. He’s so mentally tough, so physically tough. He prepares himself the right way every single day, whether it’s going to practice, class or getting ready for a game day.
“He’s just a pleasure to be around. He’s a team leader. He not only provides offense but defense. He’s been our rock.”
Steiger reports to the Yankees’ Gulf Coast League team in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday.