Skyler Ewing received a text from SuperShuttle early Saturday morning. The service would transport him to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport where he'd hop on a plane bound for Oregon. The San Francisco Giants' sixth-round selection, just hours later, would hit a three-run home run in his third at-bat with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.
"It was more than I was expecting for my first game," Ewing said. "Everyone was hitting the ball so I was just trying to join the party."
After 43 at-bats in ten games with the club's rookie team, where he batted .243 with a home run and four doubles, Ewing received the text that made him the second 2014 Giants draft pick to join the Volcanoes roster — and play in front of an actual crowd.
"The transition from Arizona to Oregon completely blew me away," Ewing said. "As soon as I got to the field in Oregon, I saw the parking lot full of cars and people."
Aside from the home run, Ewing also added a run-scoring ground out, a single, and a walk en route to a 2-for-4 debut.
Ewing, a 6'1", 225-pound first baseman out of Rice University, averaged .332 with eight home runs and 16 doubles in his senior campaign while earning All-NCAA Regional Team, Conference USA All-Tournament Team, and All-Conference USA honors.
Ewing will likely receive most of the time for the Volcanoes at first base, filling the void left by Craig Massoni's promotion to the Augusta GreenJackets.