Get to Know A Guy Named Geiger

It is our goal here at Born on Third to educate Cubs fans on the talent that sits at the minor league level.  With the way that Theo Epstein has molded this franchise it’s clear that the goal is to have as much talent as possible come from the draft and the farm system.  Wouldn’t you hate to be that one person that has no idea who just got called up to the Cubs?  It makes you look stupid, so don’t look stupid, and learn about the future of the Chicago Cubs here.  Today we feature Dustin Geiger.

Dustin Geiger is 20-year-old third baseman from Merritt Island, Florida.  Geiger was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 24th round (730 overall) of the 2010 MLB first year player draft out of Merritt Island High School (Merritt Island, FL).  After getting drafted by the Cubs Geiger signed a deal to start his professional career, in doing so he earned a $150,000 signing bonus.

Geiger jumped right into action making his professional debut on July 10, 2010 with the Cubs Arizona Rookie League team.  Dustin struggled out of the gates hitting only .214 in July, in only 12 games however.  Not a surprise as most young players coming right out of high school need to take a step back and realize that belong at this level.  Geiger started to figure it out the longer he was in Arizona.  During a nine game stretch in August Geiger hit safely in seven of those games with a home run and seven RBI’s.  It was a glimpse into what Geiger could do with the bat, he finished off August hitting .259 with a home run and 11 RBI’s.  It was a solid 2010 for Geiger as he was able to get his feet wet before entering his first off-season as a professional.

2011 began with Geiger in a familiar spot, playing third base for the Cubs AZL team.  The results however were much different and that is a good thing.  Geiger went nuts in Arizona for the Cubs, he played in 19 games, he hit .342 with two home runs and 20 RBI’s.  He also added nine double and two triples for good measure which brought his SLG to .582 and his OPS to .948 on the season.  That was all the Cubs organization needed to see as they promoted Geiger to the Peoria Chiefs and Geiger made his single A debut on July 18, 2011.  Much like 2010, Geiger struggled with the jump in talent level.  Again, not something that is out of the ordinary, especially for a 19-year-old at A ball already.  Dustin played the final 43 games for the Chiefs, hitting .227 with a home run and 13 RBI’s.

Solid progress was stunted at the beginning of 2012 as Geiger was sidelined with an injury to start the season.  Something that drove Dustin crazy as he missed the first two months of the Peoria Chief’s season.  Geiger went through rehab and worked extremely hard to get back into game shape and back to the Chiefs as quickly as possible.  From the looks of it, the extra work he got has paid off.  Geiger made his 2012 debut with the Chiefs on June 7, 2012, and has spent the entire year with the club.  He is starting to make a name for himself, as 2012 featured a 13 game hitting streak in June where he hit .311 with 3 home runs and 14 RBI’s.  Geiger struggled in July, but something clicked, the power.  Geiger only hit .206 in July, but he hit 8 home runs and drove in 16 runs.  All of this led up to Geiger busting out here in August the last couple of days.  Over the last two days Geiger is 6-for-9 with three home runs and nine RBI’s including an 8 RBI GAME on August 1st.  To date, Geiger is hitting .268 with Peoria, he has 14 home runs and 39 RBI’s, not bad in just 47 games.

The reason I’m excited about Geiger is his ability to adjust and grow within the Cubs system.  At every level he has been at he as struggled early, but then adjusted and turned it on.  If he can continue to do those things moving forward eventually the struggles will be less and less and the production could be through the roof, like the last two days.  I would expect Geiger to finish off 2012 in Peoria and then get a chance to start off 2013 in Daytona.  If you want to interact with Dustin follow this link to Dustin’s twitter account.  He is a very active user, and talks with fans on a regular basis, so give him a follow.  Best of luck the rest of the way Dustin!

Thanks for reading,
– George

Peoria Chiefs First Half Recap

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The Peoria Chiefs first half came to an end on Sunday with Chiefs falling short of a playoff spot by four games.  First here’s a rundown of how the Midwest League playoffs work…

First Half Qualifiers (4)

  • 1. Team finishing in first place in the Western Division (“Western First Half Champion”)
  • 2. Team finishing in first place in the Eastern Division (“Eastern First Half Champion”)
  • 3. Team finishing in second place in the Western Division (“Western First Half Wild Card”)
  • 4. Team finishing in second place in the Eastern Division (“Eastern First Half Wild Card”)

Each half determines playoff teams, so the Chiefs just missed being the wild card team for the first half.  The fact that the Chiefs finished so close to a playoff spot is amazing given their start to the season.  The Chiefs went 11-3 in June to close the gap on second place Beloit but they came up just short, here’s a recap of the first half.

Final Standings:

First Half Stats:


 The addition of 2011 first round draft pick Javier Baez was a big reason for the Chiefs resurgence.  Baez appeared in 18 games and hit .317 with 4 HR’s, and 11 RBI’s, he also had 7 stolen bases in 7 attempts.  Midwest League pitchers had a hard time keeping Baez off base as he finished the first half with a .419 OBP, and a .975 OPS.  Dustin Geiger, and Anthony Giansanti were also late additions to the Chiefs team that had big impacts.

There were a number of standouts on the mound for the Peoria Chiefs as the entire pitching staff seemed to find a groove down the stretch.  PJ Franceson who has since been promoted to double A was outstanding early on the help the Chiefs stay afloat amid a rough start.  Franceson was 5-1 with a 1.86 ERA in nine starts before his promotion.  Another pitcher who paced the Chiefs wasn’t even a pitcher for his entire career.  Kyler Burke was an outfielder before making the change to become a pitcher, so far that decision seems to be the right one.  Burke finished the first half 2-2 with a 2.31 ERA in 15 appearances (10 starts).  Jeffrey Lorick, Hunter Cervenka, Sheldon McDonald, Luis Lira, and Michael Jensen all had great first half performances on the mound.

I’m expecting a big second half for the Peoria Chiefs.  Continued progression from Baez, Geiger, Giansanti and an already talented pitching staff should only mean good things for Peoria.  Not to mention the possible influx in talent from any 2012 draft picks that might be making the jump towards the end of the season.  Add this all up and the future of the Peoria Chiefs and Chicago Cubs for that matter is very bright.

2012 All-Stars!
1B – Paul Hoilman
INF – Zeke DeVoss
LHP – Kyler Burke

Thanks for reading, go Chiefs!
– George