Recent Princeton baseball graduate Dan DeGeorge recently came to terms with the Cleveland Indians as an undrafted free agent. DeGeorge was assigned to the Indians Short Season Class A affiliate, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York-Penn League. DeGeorge becomes the third Tigers to begin his professional career this Spring.
DeGeorge is the fourth Tiger in the past five seasons to latch on with an affiliated Minor League team after not being drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft as a senior. He joins Brian Kappel (2005), Erik Stiller (2006) and Steven Miller (2008). Only Stiller is still playing professional baseball. He is currently with the Indians’ AA affiliate. Like DeGeorge he played for Mahoning Valley during his first professional season.
DeGeorge led Princeton in several offensive categories as a senior. His .349 average led the team, as did his 53 hits, 16 extra-base hits and 26 runs scored. The recent graduate played much of his senior season at second base, but spent the majority of his collegiate career at shortstop. DeGeorge was the recipient of the baseball team's Clarke and Kafer Awards as a senior, and also won the Kellogg Trophy as the team's top freshman in his rookie season.
With his signing, the Tigers now have nine alums playing in affiliated leagues. Three Tigers are at the Major League level, with six playing in affiliated Minor Leagues. Princeton’s 2009 roster of professionals can be found here.