Top Prospect #42: RHP, Geoff Geary

With the Phillies bullpen being completely revamped for the 2004 season, there are some open spots that might go to a young reliever or two. Geoff Geary is one of the young guns hoping to jump into the mix of the Phillies bullpen. A good showing in spring training could give Geary the chance to go north with the team when the season opens. He's certainly shown some good stuff in the minors.

Geoff Geary is ready. He has served his time in the minors – six seasons – and believes that he is as ready as he'll ever be to start his major league career. The Phillies brought the right-hander to the majors last September, but Geary never really got too much of a chance to perform. With the Phillies battling for the wild card spot with the Florida Marlins, Larry Bowa wasn't ready to bring Geary into many games. Geary pitched six innings in five games and got no decisions, finishing with a 4.50 ERA.

 

Early in his career, the Phillies used Geary as a starter and he showed strong signs of being able to handle that role. Actually, the Phillies never really planned on using Geary as a starter, but since he had pitched as a reliever in college, they wanted to build up some innings of work for him in the minors. Now, they've basically shifted him back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen.

 

The Phillies taught Geary a slider and it's become an effective out pitch for him that makes him a perfect candidate for a reliever's job. The Phillies have never really given serious thought to Geary as a closer, but some scouts believe he could handle the role somewhere down the road. In his minor league career, Geary has compiled a 48-28 record with a 3.34 ERA.

 

Geoff Geary's Career Stats

 

Year/Team

W

L

ERA

SV

G

GS

IP

H/9 IP

BB/9 IP

KO/9 IP

1998 Batavia

(Rookie)

9

1

1.60

0

16

15

95.2

7.3

1.3

9.5

1999 Clearwater

(High A)

10

5

3.95

0

24

19

139.0

11.3

2.0

5.0

2000 Reading

(AA)

7

6

4.12

0

22

22

129.0

9.8

1.5

7.8

2001 Reading

(AA)

9

7

3.62

2

29

13

112.0

8.1

1.7

7.1

2001 Scranton

(AAA)

0

3

6.95

0

7

3

22.0

14.3

2.5

8.6

2002 Scranton

(AAA)

4

2

3.03

6

38

8

101.0

9.6

2.9

7.3

2003 Scranton

(AAA)

9

4

2.16

5

46

3

87.2

7.5

1.3

8.3

Minor League Totals

48

28

3.34

8

182

83

685.0

9.3

1.8

7.4

2003 Philadelphia

(MLB)

0

0

4.50

0

5

0

6.0

12.0

4.5

4.5

Major League Totals

0

0

4.50

0

5

0

6.0

12.0

4.5

4.5

 


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