Shady Side Academy graduate Giel to sign with Yankees
Pitcher Tim Giel made sure major league teams knew who he was.
Before and after the draft, he had his coaches from high school, college and summer ball contact teams regularly to remind them he was still unsigned and on the market.
On Thursday, a breakthrough: Someone finally called back.
The New York Yankees made a free-agent offer to Giel, a West Deer resident and graduate of Shady Side Academy and Columbia University. He will travel to Tampa on Friday morning to sign the contract.
“It was a good surprise; I was hoping to go in the draft, but I guess I slipped through the cracks,” said Giel, 22, who was born in Shaler. “Some guys dropped a little farther, and teams went after them instead.”
Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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