Niagara Gazette


April 29, 2013

BASE PATHS: Wilson's Geltz paying dues in Durham


Niagara Gazette — “It means somebody’s really interested in me,” Geltz said. “And this is a much better league for pitchers.” Bison announcer Duke McGuire was talking last Thursday of the perils of the PCL’s lighter air.

He has 15 strikeouts in nine innings, but four Tides made solid contact. “Gotta’ keep getting better,” said Geltz, after an interview hastily arranged by Tony Piraro, Bulls publicist who described him as “one of the very nicest guys on the team.” At 5-9, he also bucks the trend to tall pitchers.

Earlier in the game, an unwise attempt at a second-base force-out had bounced off the shortstop’s face into the face of the oncoming runner, the two then colliding and then leaving the game, the runner now out for the year, a new definition of “bang-bang” play.

But Geltz survived. At 5-9, he bucks the trend toward 6-4 pitchers but stands tall. He’s scheduled to suit up vs. the Bisons at Coca-Cola Field June 21-24; he’s in Syracuse tonight and Tuesday and Rochester May 14-17.

Doug Smith offers his thoughts on baseball every Monday with Base Paths. Email Doug at

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