One To Watch
by Nick D'Arienzo
Oct 30, 2008 | 10191 views | 0 0 comments | 103 103 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Greg Polius signs pro baseball contract
Greg Polius signs pro baseball contract
We tip our caps to Baruch College pitching phenom Gregor Polius (c.), seen here thanking Bearcats Assistant Baseball coach Tom Santino (r.) for helping to engineer Polius’s first professional baseball contract, which he signed just last Monday at Williamsburg’s own LA LOCANDA restaurant. (Seen to the young hurler’s right is his dad, also Gregor Polius.) The 22-year-old left-hander, who was named Team MVP at Baruch by his Bearcats teammates this past season, is now headed for the Continental Baseball League come May, where he will put his lively left arm to the first test of its kind against professional hitting. Polius, a resident of Bedford-Stuyvesant, played his high school ball at St. Mary’s in Manhasset, and is quick to praise both his coach there, Anthony Bonomo, and the afore-mentioned Santino at Baruch, for his continued development as a ballplayer. While Polius’s fastball is clocked in the high 80’s, it’s really the dazzling array of pitches at his disposal that have made the southpaw so successful: his split-fingered fastball, his elusive curveball, and his devastating change-up. Not only that, but he’s a pretty prolific hitter, as well, notching a .362 batting average for Baruch just this past season (.388 the season before that!) and knocking in 30 RBI’s. For Polius, his signing is a validation of sorts for his sticking with something those around him had once expressed skepticism about. “I was always told I can’t pitch, I throw too slow… I was either going to be a first baseman or an outfielder.” But over the years, Polius stuck to his guns, so to speak, and is now finally reaping the rewards. Said his proud father last Monday evening, “He’s always had the ambition, it was always baseball. So I wouldn’t exactly say this is surprising.” And as Coach Santino puts it, “The best thing about this… this is a great kid. What he stands for in the community, his work ethic, the example he sets… this could not have happened to a nicer family.”
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