BACKGROUND: The Minnesota Twins tapped Gercken in the 17th round in 2015, but he was released after only one season. The owner of numerous records at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, an NCAA Division II program, he finished his college career playing for Coach Dan McDermott, who served nine years as head coach at Briar Cliff.
NOTEWORTHY: Gercken finished his four-year college career with the school’s career records for ERA (3.93), innings (314), wins (10), starts (53), complete games (13) and strikeouts (196). As a senior, he set several single-season marks, including wins (6), ERA (2.90) and innings pitched (96.1). He has pitched the last two seasons for New Jersey of the Can-Am League, posting a 2.43 ERA in 73 outings.