Sunday, July 13, 2014

Where Are They Now? 2011 Pro Debut Part 5

Last year I began a new series of posts giving an update on Cubs prospects that appeared in Pro Debut during its inaugural 2010 season. Three years seemed like a pretty good amount of time to follow up. With the release of the 2014 set, I restarted the series a few Sundays ago with players from 2011.

Previous entries can be seen here:

Part 1 (Hak-Ju Lee and Brandon Guyer) can be seen here.
Part 2 (Reggie Golden and Hunter Ackerman) can be seen here.
Part 3 (Aaron Kurcz and Austin Reed) can be seen here.
Part 4 (Elliot Soto and D.J. LeMahieu) can be seen here.

2011 Topps Pro Debut #321 Dustin Geiger

Dustin Geiger was drafted by the Cubs in the 24th round of the 2010 draft and played in 35 of the AZL Cubs' 55 games in the Arizona League. He played, and continues to play, both corner infield positions. The emphasis seems to have gone from third base to more games at first later in his career.

In 2011, Geiger played for the Single A Peoria Chiefs, was mostly used off the bench and returned to the Arizona League when the season was over. Geiger re-joined the Chiefs in 2012 and split time at third with Wes Darvill.

There was a big jump for Geiger in 2013 as he was the primary first baseman for the Florida State League Champion Daytona Cubs. I don't know how familiar some of you are with minor league playoffs, but the division winner of the first half of the season plays the division winner of the second half and the winner of that plays the winner of the other divisional match up. The Daytona Cubs defeated the first half winners, the Dunedin Blue Jays two games to nothing to advance to the finals against the Charlotte Stone Crabs. The Cubs took the est of five series with their three victories being shutouts.

Geiger has moved up to Double A Tennessee Smokies for 2014 and is the main first baseman again.
2011 Topps Pro Debut #275 Dallas Beeler
I probably should have timed this one better with his MLB debut two weeks ago but I couldn't find the card. I knew I had it but then I remembered it was with my autographed cards and I never got a replacement unsigned copy for my team set.

A big deal was made when Beeler made his debut that he was a 41st round pick. He seemed to have gotten stuck for a few years in Double A Tennessee Smokies before bumping up to Iowa this season.

He has a career minor league record of 17-21 but despite taking the loss in his MLB debut, he had a pretty solid outing. He pitched 6 innings, giving up only four hits and one run.

He got hit a little harder last week (6 hits, 4 runs) when he was recalled again following the Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel trade to Oakland but also suffered from another lack of run support. In his two starts, the Cubs have been outscored 7-1.

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