After a spectacular 2014 campaign for the UMass Minutemen, two-way player Mike Geannelis is back at it playing in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. The Williamstown, Massachusetts native is a member of the Nashua Silver Knights this summer where he is serving the team as both a pitcher and a DH.
So far on the year in five appearances on the mound, four of which are starts, Geannelis is pitching well boasting a 3.24 ERA in 25 innings of work while punching-out 22 men and walking just three. The control he is showing is impressive, especially when compared to the regular season when he walked nine men while fanning just 16.
At the plate, Geannelis is not as hot as he was with the Minutemen, but is still impressive nonetheless. In a small sample size of 11 games totaling 38 at-bats, Geannelis has collected a total of 10 hits, one of which was a homerun. His plate discipline shows promise as he has collected four free passes while striking out just six times. Although this is a small sample size, but after striking out much more than he walked this spring the plate discipline definitely is a great sign.
Named the Atlantic 10 baseball Rookie of the Year this past spring, the future is definitely bright for Geannelis. Whether or not he hits around .350 every year is up for debate, but he will be a valuable player for the club regardless. Next year, he definitely will keep playing both ways, except for this time he will likely start instead of relieve on the mound. It is common occurrence for a player to earn a spot in their college team’s rotation based off of strong summer numbers, so expect Geannelis to be no exception.
Scouts would be smart to keep the name Mike Geannelis in mind, especially as the 2016 draft rolls around. Although it is still a long ways away, this is the next time Geannelis is eligible for the MLB draft. He could make it far playing either way so time will tell and eventually a pro team will decide where they like him best. For now, he will stick to playing both ways and help the Minutemen compete in the Atlantic 10 division.