Minor Leaguer | College Coach | Giants Fan
Unrecruited out of high school, Armstrong made his way to Division III Trinity (Texas) where he rewrote the record books as an All-American shortstop. Upon graduating in 2004, Armstrong was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball draft. Armstrong spent 5 total seasons in the minor leagues, culminating in a Midwest League All-Star Game selection and a spot on the Blue Jays Top Prospect List.
Armstrong's coaching career began immediately following his retirement from professional baseball, serving as the hitting coach under legendary high school baseball coach, Craig Schoof. After one season, Armstrong jumped to the Division 1 level as the hitting coach at the University of California, Davis (Big West). Following a successful 4 year stint that catapulted the Aggies to the top of the the Big West in nearly every offensive category, Armstrong was hired as the hitting coach for the San Jose State Spartans (Mountain West).
Armstrong's obsession with the Giants began as a 5-year old, when his T-ball team got a visit from none other than the Say Hey Kid, Willie Mays. Since that day, the combination of his father's love for baseball and a developing understanding of the game led the Giants to the forefront of the Armstrong household. Visits to Candlestick Park became a regular occurrence, as did the growing collection of "Mothers Cookies" baseball cards. Armstrong's relationship with the Giants has continued to grow over the years, and his recent career path has added a unique dimension with the Giant organization. As both a player and coach, Armstrong has competed against a number of recent Giants (Jeff Samardjiza, Matt Duffy, Ty Blach, Hunter Pence, Gorkys Hernandez, Jarrett Parker, Ricky Romero, Kevin Frandsen, Jean Machi, Nick Hundley, Austin Slater, Chase Johnson, Kyle Blanks, and Justin Ruggiano) who have and will continue to call AT&T Park "home". This familiarity with players and their skill sets provides Straight 108 with a strong foundational knowledge from which to provide and share information.