Baseball: Minor League Update - Tim Giel (Shady Side Academy)

Written by John Perrotto on .

(Sports Town is featuring updates on WPIAL baseball players who are currently playing in the major or minor leagues. The posts were compiled by veteran baseball writer John Perrotto. We will feature two players every day.)

Tim Giel has an impressive resume that includes earning a computer science degree from an Ivy League School.

The "real world," though, can wait for the Shady Side Academy graduate and Gibsonia resident.

The right-hander is trying to beat the odds as a non-drafted free agent in professional baseball. The Yankees signed him after he was bypassed in last year's draft in a case of hoping a local kid makes good as Giel went to college in New York at Columbia.

Giel, 23, is working out of the bullpen for short season Staten Island in the New York-Penn League. He is 0-1 with 4.76 ERA in four games.

In his professional debut season last year, Giel was a combined 1-2 with a 1.96 ERA in 16 games with the Yankees' No. 2 team in the Gulf Coast League and Staten Island.