Wichita Wingnuts Alumni Report: Dustin Geiger

Wichita Wingnuts Alumni Report: Dustin Geiger

A 24th round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs out of Merritt Island High School in 2010, Dustin Geiger seemed to be progressing steadily through the minor league system. After making his professional debut with the Cubs Arizona League rookie-level affiliate as an 18-year old, Geiger showcased impressive raw power that earned him promotions to High Class-A Daytona and eventually Double-A Tennessee. In only 75 games with Daytona in 2013, he slugged 17 homers, then added 12 more the following season with Tennessee, including this mammoth blast:

 

Geiger’s numbers slipped at the beginning of the 2015 campaign while repeating the Double-A level, and the Cubs released the veteran first baseman 13 games into the season. The Wingnuts picked him up just five days later, and Geiger promptly began bludgeoning the baseball. In 33 contests with Wichita, the right-handed hitter posted a .351 batting average, seven home runs and 28 RBI. His OPS (On-Base Plus Slugging) checked in at 1.036, rarefied air for even the most accomplished of sluggers.

The Wingnuts traded Geiger to Laredo in exchange for right-handed pitcher Omar Bencomo, but Geiger was unable to replicate his early season success, hitting just .219. The Lemurs swapped him to Gary just a few weeks later, where he would wrap up the 2015 season with the RailCats.

Geiger and the Wingnuts reunited for 37 games in 2016, before the Merritt Island, Florida native latched on with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks for the remainder of the year. In Fargo, Geiger rediscovered his power stroke, pounding nine homers and putting up an impressive .329 average. Those numbers got the attention of the Miami Marlins, who signed Geiger to a minor league deal and sent him to Double-A Jacksonville to begin the 2017 season. Between Jacksonville and High-A Jupiter, Geiger hit 12 home runs, flashing the eye-popping pull-side power that he put on display at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

 

Geiger was granted his release on November 6 and is now a free agent.