Saturday, September 03, 2005

Who is: Geoff Vandel?

Geoff Vandel - P/1B/OF - 2005
Geoff was committed to Chipola JC
He was a star for Shaw High School in Columbus Georgia both as a pitcher and a hitter. Born June 9, 1987.
HT: 6'2" - WT: 205 - GPA: 2.95 - PSAT: - SAT:
B: L - T: L
His HS stats: Bat Avg. .348 - RBI 20 - HR 4 -
Pitching - W-10 L-2 - ERA 2.05
Career Highlights
1. MVP sunbelt classic
2. All city MVP HS coaches award
3. Rookie of the year

Excerpt from the Columbus Enquirer: full article

On draft day, everyone finds out they were selected a little differently.

Shaw pitcher Geoff Vandel read it for himself on MLB.com.
Vandel was picked by the San Diego Padres in the 34th round, the 1,028th overall selection.

Waiting around for one's name to be called isn't easy.

Vandel and his dad, Robert Vandel, had plenty of time to talk before his name was called. Every so often the phone would ring -- it was friends and family wanting to find out if Vandel had been selected.

After three-plus hours of talking and waiting, Vandel's name finally appeared.

"I was kind of expecting it," Vandel said. "But I was watching and waiting, and now it's a big relief."

Robert Vandel said Geoff wants to sign with the Padres. Vandel has signed a letter of intent to play for Chipola College in Marianna, Fla.

"He wants to go play ball," Robert Vandel said. "I would rather him go to school for a year or two and wait and see."

But that might not happen.

"It's a great feeling," said Vandel, who went 4-1 with 65 strikeouts in the GHSA playoffs. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a dream come true."


Geoff was among the first to sign with the Padres after being drafted in the 34th round. He was assigned to the Peoria Padres in the Arizona Summer league where he has excelled. He appeared in 10 games, all in relief, where he struck out 29 and walked just 5 in 19 innings. He allowed just 1 earned run there and when the league finished he was promoted to Eugene of the Northwest league. At Eugene he was given a start and went 5 innings, allowed 3 hits, no runs, struck out 6 and walked no one. His current era stands at 0.37 with k/bb of 35/5. Pretty heady stats for a 34th round pick.

I am fairly sure that no one expects Geoff to continue posting these incredible numbers as he moves through the Padres system, but I wouldn't bet against him.

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