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Hartlieb Makes MLB Debut with Pirates in San Diego

May 19, 2019 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - West Virginia Power News Release

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - After having his contract selected from Triple-A Indianapolis Friday by the Pittsburgh Pirates, pitcher Geoff Hartlieb became the 83rd former Power player to make his MLB debut Saturday night in San Diego.

The Highland, Illinois, native tossed a scoreless ninth inning and notched his first career strikeout in Pittsburgh's 7-2 win over the Padres.

Selected by the Pirates in the 29th round (885th overall) of the 2016 MLB Draft out of Lindenwood (Mo.) University, Hartlieb navigated his way to West Virginia for the start of the 2017 campaign. During his time with the Power, Hartlieb was a dynamic component out of the bullpen, posting a stifling 0.83 ERA in 20 appearances with 26 strikeouts compared to six walks. Those staggering numbers, along with his six converted saves in six opportunities in Charleston. earned him a bump to High-A Bradenton at the All-Star Break.

Hartlieb finished the 2017 season with Bradenton before he was called up to Double-A Altoona for the entirety of 2018. The reliever went 8-2 with a 3.24 ERA in 47 appearances with 10 saves for the Curve last season, fanning 56 batters over 58.1 innings.

In 2019, the righty secured a non-roster invite to Spring Training and was assigned to Indianapolis, where he made 12 appearances out of the bullpen with a 1-0 record and a 3.32 ERA before his call-up. The 25-year-old boasted a career 3.01 ERA with 21 saves in 32 tries and 169 strikeouts in 167.1 innings over 114 Minor League outings before his debut.

Hartlieb is the sixth former Power player to make his big league debut this season, joining OFs Connor Joe and Harold Ramirez, INF Cole Tucker, LHP Taylor Hearn and RHP Montana DuRapau.

West Virginia continues its four-game series against the Greenville Drive this afternoon at Fluor Field at the West End, with first pitch set for 3:05 p.m.

The Power will be back at home from May 21-28 for eight games, their longest homestand of 2019. West Virginia welcomes in the Greensboro Grasshoppers and the Lexington Legends, with the highlight of the homestand coming Saturday, May 25, on Redneck Night with an Austin Meadows bobblehead giveaway for the first 1,000 fans in the ballpark. For tickets and more information, call us at 304-344-2287 or visit

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Geoff Hartlieb pitching with the West Virginia Power

(Belleville News-Democrat)

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