Lancers pitcher signs with Padres

Four-time All-GSAC Steve Goins inked a free agent deal with the San Diego Padres organization earlier this week.

After going undrafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft two weeks ago, Goins was enrolled at Riverside Community College, taking lab courses needed so he could begin work on becoming a physician’s assistant as well as working part-time. Baseball was just a memory.

Monday afternoon, however, CBU head coach Gary Adcock received a call from a scout in the Padres organization inquiring about Goins. Adcock quickly and frantically called Goins to notify him that the organization needed another pitcher.

“I was in my first class on the first day of class when I happened to turn my phone on,” said Goins. “There were all these missed calls and texts from my family, Gary and the scout. I stepped outside to check my messages, came back in, packed my stuff up and left right then and there. I was definitely excited and had to work hard to quickly change my plans.”

Goins quit his job, put school on hold and headed out Tuesday for Peoria, Ariz., and the Arizona (Rookie) League. Shortly after arriving, he threw his first bullpen session Wednesday and all signs point to his first professional appearance sometime this weekend.

“It feels good to be a part of the sport again,” said Goins. “I’m just taking it one day at a time and seeing where this might lead.”

One of the finest players in the history of the program, Goins just completed a remarkable four-year career. During his career on the mound, Goins was 26-10 with a 3.17 ERA. In 300.2 career innings, he had 295 strikeouts. He tossed 10 complete games and five shutouts and also collected three saves. He won a career-high eight games and had a career-low 2.58 ERA as a 2008 senior.

Goins also hit .354 with a program-record 62 doubles to go along with 134 runs, 137 RBIs and 12 home runs. This past season, Goins hit .391 with 15 doubles and four home runs. He never hit worse than .317 and never had fewer than 54 hits and 14 doubles in any one season.

He will only pitch for the Padres.

“This is a great opportunity for Steve,” said Adcock. “He is very deserving and it will be exciting to see what type of pitcher he can become since he is able to just focus on pitching and not having to worry about playing on the infield or hitting.”