Darryl George

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Darryl Roy George

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 215 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Darryl George has played in Australia, the US and Japan and for the Australian national team.

George was signed by Tampa Bay Rays scout John Gilmore in 2010. [1] He hit .243/.360/.284 as a backup corner infielder for the 2011 GCL Rays. In the 2011-2012 Australian Baseball League, he hit .231/.286/.346 for the Melbourne Aces, fielding .964 at third base, which he split with Josh Davies. In 2012, he produced at a .260/.314/.355 clip for the Princeton Rays, going 6-for-6 in steals. He fielded .915 as their most-used third baseman. In 2012-2013, he fell to .211/.271/.268 for Melbourne, starting at 1B usually and also backing up Davies at 3B.

In 2013, he had his best US campaign, hitting .286/.363/.339 for the Hudson Valley Renegades and going 9-for-9 in swipes. He fielded .949 at short but also saw a little action at 1B, 3B, LF, RF and P. He was named team MVP. [2] He batted .217/.295/.312 for Melbourne in 2013-2014. He played every position except catcher and center field for the '14 Bowling Green Hot Rods, with a .255/.307/.371 batting line and more fine base-stealing (7 SB, 2 CS). He had a rough winter with the Aces (.229/.260/.250 in 2014-2015, with a 7.71 ERA).

George rebounded in 2015-2016: .283/.327/.422, 18 2B, 33 RBI in 49 G while fielding .979 at 2B and .957 at SS. He threw two shutout innings. He was second in the ABL in two-baggers, one behind Jason Leblebijian and two ahead of Rhys Hoskins. He was 3 for 4 with two RBI in Australia's win over Curacao in the 2016 Haarlem Baseball Week. [3] In 2016-2017, he only played 5 games for Melbourne, going 2 for 19 with two walks.

He went to Japan in 2017 and played in the minor Western League affiliate of the Orix Buffaloes; he hit .278/.348/.405 with a team-high 15 doubles but did not get the call up. [4] He returned to the Aces and hit hard in 2017-2018: .327/.374/.583, 11 HR, 34 R, 30 RBI in 40 G while fielding .951 at short. He tied CPBL star Chih-Sheng Lin for 7th in home runs and was 6th in total bases (between Luke Hughes and Buddy Reed).

In 2018-2019, he remained strong for Melbourne (.329/.374/.530, 29 R, 7 HR in 39 G) and fielded .942 at SS. He tied Riley Unroe and Michael Gettys for 7th in home runs. He played for Team North America in the 2019 World Port Tournament along with other guys who weren't from North America like Poland's Artur Strzalka and Belgium's Sam Buelens. He hit .400/.400/.600 with 6 RBI in 6 games as one of the team's offensive stars. He was 5th in the event in average, 3rd in slugging behind two Japanese players, tied Zane Chavez for 9th in OBP and tied Denzel Richardson for 3rd in RBI. [5]

He also played for Australia in the 2019 Premier 12, He hit .167/.211/.222 for Australia while handling 17 chances error-free as their third baseman. He had a double off Shun Yamaguchi and two singles off Eduardo Vera. He actually outhit his teammates as Australia batted .147/.194/.225. [6] On January 30, 2021, he set two ABL records when he hit two grand slams and drove in ten against the Brisbane Bandits; he broke Luke Hughes and Denny Almonte's record of eight RBI and the old record of one grand slam. [7] He finished the season at .331/.349/.532 with 21 runs and 27 RBI in 28 games, the season shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He led the league in runs (by one), triples (2), hits (41, one ahead of Delmon Young), RBI (3 ahead of Young) and total bases (66, 4 ahead of Young). He also fielded .955 and was tied for second in doubles with Grant Witherspoon (9), tied for sixth in homers (half of them being his record grand slams), was second in average among players with 100+ AB (after Young), was 4th in slugging for those with 100+ AB and was 4th in OPS for those with 100+ AB. He won the Helms Award, joining Ryan Casteel as the Aces players to have won the honor. [8]