LOWELL — Red Sox farmhand Jack McGeary may have a degree from Stanford University in classic literature, but that didn’t prevent him from cracking up to the cheesy Eminem film “8 Mile” along with his teammates in the clubhouse earlier this week.
After all, for the Newton resident and former Roxbury Latin star, the opportunity to pitch in the Sox organization is all the reason he needs to be all smiles.
“It’s been a long road,” he said. “But to be here, pitching for the Red Sox organization after growing up a Sox fan. What more could I ask for? This is what everyone dreams of.”
Once a promising prospect in the Washington Nationals’ organization, McGeary saw his baseball career derailed by Tommy John surgery that cost him nearly three complete seasons.
But McGeary now has a second chance at his baseball career thanks to his hometown team after being selected by the Red Sox in the Rule 5 draft. After opening the season with the Lowell Spinners, he is now pitching for the Single-A Greenville Drive.
“This is a lefty pitcher that throws in the 90s with a big curveball,” said Spinners pitching coach Walter Miranda. “Coming back from Tommy John surgery is hard. So is being away from the mound for so long. But the stuff is still there.”
McGeary became a star at Roxbury Latin. As a senior in 2007 he was named Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year, going 5-1 with a 0.88 ERA and 80 strikeouts in just 40 innings.
Websites projected the left-hander to be drafted as high as the first round out of high school, including mlbdraft.com picking him to go 27th overall to the Minnesota Twins But, before the draft, McGeary informed teams that he would not sign and instead would pitch for Stanford.
The Washington Nationals still elected to take a shot on the lefty, selecting him in the sixth round, pick No. 199 overall.