Former UB pitcher Geltz earns call to majors
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • August 13, 2012 @ 11:28am
Former University at Buffalo Bulls pitcher Steven Geltz was recalled to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this weekend, marking the first time a Bull has been summoned to the big leagues since Joe Hesketh retired in 1994.
Geltz, who pitched with the Bulls from 2006 through 2008, didn’t post eye-popping numbers as a collegiate pitcher, but he grew acclimated to his reliever role in the Angels’ organization. The 24-year-old split his time this year between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake, registering a 2.09 ERA and .95 WHIP (walks + hits / innings pitched) in 51 2/3 innings.
The Angels sit in third place in the American League West Division, trailing the Oakland Athletics by 1.5 games and the Texas Rangers by 8 games. Two games separate Los Angeles from a Wild Card spot with 47 games to go. Scott Downs, one of the Angels’ veteran relievers, is currently on the 15-day disabled list and could return soon, so Geltz’s stay in the majors may be short-lived.
Here’s a die-hard Angels fan—he has dyed red hair, after all—talking about the Angels’ bullpen woes. How prophetic!
(Header photo courtesy of BuffaloBulls.com).