Rookie Catcher of the Year (Baseball Digest) 2002
|Full Name: Geronimo Gil
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6-2 Weight: 195 lbs.
Born: Aug 7, 1975 in Oaxaca, Mexico
Major League Debut: September 8, 2001
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Say what you want about Orioles VP Syd Thrift, but the man can certainly find young talent. He obtained Geronimo from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31, 2001, along with pitcher Kris Foster, in exchange for reliever Mike Trombley. Geronimo had been with the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas where he hit .295, with nine homers and 40 RBI. He was assigned to Rochester (AAA) following the deal and batted .268 in 23 games with the Red Wings before getting called up by Baltimore on Sept. 7. Geronimo made his major-league debut the next night and started 17 of the Orioles' remaining 22 games. He batted .320 over the final 13 and finished with an overall mark of .293.
The Mexican-born Geronimo was originally signed by the Dodgers as an undrafted free agent in 1996. He spent most of 2000 with San Antonio (AA) and was named the Texas League's best defensive catcher. Geronimo earned a late-season promotion to Albuquerque (AAA) and was impressive there as well, hitting .380, with two homers and 22 RBI, in just 15 games.