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Geltz faces uphill climb for September call-up.

POSTED August 31, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: As Major League baseball prepares to expand their rosters to 40 on September 1, one former Torrington Twister has done as much as it seems he can to get a call up to the big club but is there room?

Steve Geltz, a member of the pitching rich Tampa Bay Rays AAA franchise in Durham, has been tremendous this season for the Bulls, who own the best record in the International league with an 86-54 mark. With three games to go, the Bulls will be ramping up for a best of five series against the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburg Pirates) starting Wednesday.

Geltz, a free-agent signing in 2008 with the Anaheim Angels, was traded this spring to the Rays after making two appearances with the big Angels club last fall.

His numbers this year as call-up worthy. Heck, if he was in the Mets organization he might just be their best pitching prospect period!

For the year Geltz has a 5-3 record with a 2.71 ERA. In 66.1 innings of work, he has struck out 80. He’s earned three saves while holding batters to a 1.52 batting average.

In six years of minor league ball, Geltz has worked 317 innings and struck out 421, a very good strikeouts to innings worked ratio.

Now the trouble for the former University of Buffalo right hander.

The pitching rich Rays have a boat load of pitching talent at Durham, with a number of other arms already rotating between the big club and Durham.

The Bulls have the luxury of two closers. Josh Lueke, who has spent time with the Rays each of the last three seasons, has 17 saves while striking out 81 in just over 57.1 innings.

Kirby Yates has yet to make the big show but has 19 saves with 90 K’s in 60.2 innings of work.

Jeff Beliveau appeared in 22 games for the Rays in 2012 and this year has struck out 76 in just 44.2 innings of work.

So while his numbers may say call-up, it may take a change of scenery to get the former Twister closer to the big show.

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