Twins sign Aussie schoolboy
Geelong fights above its weight when it comes to baseball success it seems. Graham Lloyd of course came from the Victorian city and now we have Josh Spence performing so well for San Diego. Josh couldn’t have grown up any closer to baseball – his home is right across the road from the Geelong Baseball Centre, literally.
Now a team mate of Josh’s at the Geelong Baycats, is getting the chance to play pro ball with the signing this weekend of 17yr old Sam Gibbons to the Twins. Sam, a RHP, plays summer ball for the Geelong Baycats and for Deakin in the winter.
Sam who is in his final year at Belmont High School will head over to Ft Myers, Florida next April to attend extended spring training with the Twins. Sam has represented in U14, U16, U18 for Victoria. Following his performances in the Victorian U18 team at the AAA National Championships in January he was selected to go to the prestigious MLBAAP but unfortunately injury has kept him at home. Sam has also been selected in the Baycats team that is participating in the Grand Forks International Baseball tournament in British Columbia, Canada this September.
Other Geelong players who have signed pro contracts include Matt Ryan, who was signed by the Twins after being released by the Angels, and Kyle Edlich who had several seasons with the Twins.