Thanks to Wright State University Athletic Department
DAYTON (7-17-21) – Wright State infielder Damon Dues has signed a free agent contract with the San Francisco Giants to begin his professional career.
Dues becomes the first Wright State player to begin his professional career with San Francisco since former standout Jon Sbrocco was drafted by the Giants in the 49th round in 1993. Dues becomes the fourth Raider to begin his professional career this week, joining draftees Tyler Black, Quincy Hamilton and Jake Schrand.
A Vandalia native, Dues started 116 of his 125 games played in his four-year Raider career, including all 49 games this spring in the leadoff position for the Raiders. A career .321 hitter, Dues collected 23 doubles, eight homers and five triples as a Raider, driving in 81 career RBI while drawing 111 walks in four seasons. On the base paths, he swiped 54 of his 68 stolen base attempts, including going 23-for-27 this spring.
Dues finished the 2021 campaign with a .335 batting average from the top of the order, tallying eight doubles, four homers and three triples along with driving in 38 RBI while finishing with a .438 on-base percentage.
A two-time Horizon League All-Academic team member, Dues was named to the 2019 HL All-Freshman team before earning second team All-Horizon honors this spring. He was later named the Horizon League Tournament MVP after going 8-for-14 in the three games with five RBI and 10 runs scored, along with hitting for the cycle in the title game. Dues capped his Raider career by being named to the 2021 ABCA/Rawlings All-East Region second team in mid-June.
2021: Appeared in and started all 48 games… Hit .335 with eight doubles, three triples, and four home runs… Added 40 walks and was hit by a pitch for an on base percentage of .438… Drove in 38 RBI, including a season-high four (at Purdue Fort Wayne, May 1) and scored 67 runs… Had a season-high five hit game against Milwaukee on May 29… Was named Second Team All-Horizon League and Horizon League Academic Honor Roll… Also named to NCAA Division I East All-Region 2nd Team, and the Horizon League Tournament MVP.
2020: Appeared and started 10 games during the shortened season… Hit .316 with a double, triple, four RBI and eight ruins scored, along with drawing eight walks… Season-high three hits in Wright State’s win at No. 1 Louisville on Feb. 19… Named to the 2020 Horizon League All-Academic Team.
2019: Appeared in 52 games with 48 starts, hitting .307 with nine doubles, four home runs and 33 RBI… Drew 52 walks and tallied 73 total bases on the way to a .914 on base percentage… Stole 28 bases in 35 attempts… Season-best 4-for-4 with six RBI against Milwaukee on April 20…. Named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team.
2018: Appeared in 15 games with 10 starts… Hit .317 with five doubles and six RBI while drawing 11 walks…Recorded a season-high three hits against UT Arlington on March 2.
Notes: Attended Vandalia-Butler High School…coached by his father, Trent Dues…majoring in Finance…National Honor Society member…as a senior, he hit .412 with 42 hits, 11 doubles, two triples and two home runs…first-team All GWOC and All Area final three years…first-team All State as a senior…won Connie Mack World Series with Midland Redskins in 2017…son of Trent and Melissa Dues.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree….
Dues dad Trent played at Bowling Green, was an original Grand Lake Mariners and played for Coach Lou Brunswick at Coldwater. Dues is a Hall of Fame Coach at Vandalia-Butler with over 500 wins and continues to add to that number.
Giants Farm Teams
Sacramento and Richmond will remain the AAA and AA affiliates, respectively, with Eugene taking over as the new A+ team. The old A+ team, San Jose, will now replace Augusta as the current A team.
Dues has a Giants-Mercer County connection with Ohio State and Celina grad Seth Lonsway was drafted in the 6th round by San Francisco.