Former Sagehen right-handed pitcher David Gerics ’17 has reached an agreement with the Minnesota Twins organization. Gerics is the second Pomona College baseball player to be signed by a Major League Baseball (MLB) team this year, after Tanner Nishioka ’17 was drafted by the Boston Red Sox last month.
Gerics ended his senior year with a career-high of 86 strikeouts. He also earned All-West Region honors during his junior season, as he finished the year with a perfect 7-0 record and a 2.31 ERA with only 16 earned runs surrendered in 62.1 innings pitched.
After graduating from Pomona in May with a B.A. in economics, Gerics stayed at a Pomona College residence hall for two weeks preparing for a tryout with the New York Mets in Los Angeles. The same day of the Mets tryout, Gerics drove to a different Southern California location to throw in a bullpen session for the Minnesota Twins. He then flew home to Connecticut only to return to California a week later for a pre-draft workout with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium.
“When I didn’t get drafted, I kept working out and throwing,” says Gerics. “I felt I still had the opportunity to play at the next level.”
Not hearing immediately from either team, Gerics set out for Gary, Ind. with plans to play baseball for the non-MLB affiliate, the Gary Southshore Railcats.
But it was the Minnesota Twins who would give Gerics the long-awaited callback. After scouting him in the spring and the tryout in Los Angeles in May, the Twins finally made a contract offer to Gerics this week.
“I was driving on my way to Indiana to play for the Railcats and preparing to live by myself in a place I never lived before… and two hours before I arrived, I got the call that my wildest dreams were becoming a reality,” says Gerics. “I couldn’t believe it and I still can’t believe it. It was pure elation.”
Originally from Easton, Connecticut, Gerics has pitched in the Cape Cod League for the Cotuit Kettleers and for the Torrington Titans of The Futures League during his collegiate years. Gerics played travel ball for the Connecticut Blue Jays during high school.
“I’m really happy for David and I think the Twins are getting a great athlete with a lot of potential,” says Sagehen Baseball Head Coach Frank Pericolosi. “It’s a huge honor to have two Sagehen baseball players signed by MLB teams in the same year.”
Gerics will begin his professional baseball career with the Gulf Coast League Twins in Fort Myers, Fla.