The 2015 Major League Baseball draft concluded on Wednesday afternoon and in total 1,215 players were taken by MLB teams, including one player from the UMass Lowell River Hawks. However, when all was said and done the name Geoff Degroot did not hear his named called and the former River Hawk was not selected in the draft.
This changed not long after the draft when he signed a free agent contract with the New York Yankees. Degroot is now a part of the Yankees organization.
The Wesley Chapel, Florida native spent four seasons at UMass Lowell. He spent the first two season apart of the UMass Lowell Division II squad and the last two apart of the Division I America East squad.
During his senior season he played both outfield and pitcher on a regular basis for the first time at UMass Lowell. In nine starts as a pitcher, Degroot posted a 4.75 ERA, throwing 22 strikeouts. At the plate he started and played in 33 games, with a solid .271 batting average with 13 runs scored, 16 RBI, 29 hits and and a home run in 107 at-bats.
Signing with the Yankees is a great achievement for Degroot and he is now with organization of one of his favorite players, Derek Jeter. However, the former River Hawk has grown as Boston Red Sox fan. He and his family likely switched allegiances the second he signed his contract.
UMass Lowell fans may get to see a glimpse of Degroot in action if he makes the New York-Penn League roster. The Staten Island Yankees will play the Lowell Spinners this season in NYPL action at Degroot’s former home field of LeLacheur Park.