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MERCHANT ALUMNI GEOFF BROWN
SIGNS PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT
FEBRUARY 6, 2012 - JOILET, IL: The Joliet Slammers of the Frontier League today announced that they have signed former Everett Merchants pitcher Geoff Brown.
“We’re really excited to see Brown come to camp and battle for a starting spot,” Slammers VP of Baseball Operations Ron Biga said. “He showed he could dominate at the highest level in Australia and we’re excited about his potential.”
In the summer of 2011, Geoff Brown joined the Everett Merchants pitching staff after playing four seasons with the University of Washington. Despite finishing his career at Washington as the school’s all-time leader in appearances, he was passed over in the MLB draft. He made five starts on the mound last summer for the Merchants going 2-2 with a 2.84 ERA.
Following the PIL season, he was invited to go play professional oversees in the Australian Baseball League with the Perth Heat. For Perth, Brown went 5-0 with a 1.88 ERA in eight appearances (six starts) this year and got the nod for the eventual title-clinching ABLCS Game 3 for the Heat. He finished near the league lead in almost every pitching category including second in wins and he had the second lowest ERA and WHIP.
The left-handed pitcher first made a splash as a junior at Jackson High School, as his team went 27-0, won the state 4A (the highest level in Washington HS baseball) title and finished as the No. 2-ranked team in Baseball America’s final top-25 poll in 2006. Brown went 10-0 that season, posting a 0.98 earned run average with 78 strikeouts in 69 innings. In the state championship game at Safeco Field, Brown not only picked up the victory, he also hit a two-run home run. He was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 23rd round of the 2007 draft but opted to attend the University of Washington instead.
Founded in the fall of 1992, the PIL is considered by many to be the premier Summer Collegiate Baseball league in the Northwest. Most PIL players are NCAA eligible and are unpaid in order to maintain their eligibility. The PIL is different from many other summer collegiate baseball leagues in that the league also allows former professionals and college graduates to participate.