WMBD/WYZZ-TV - PEORIA, Ill. -- Anthony Giansanti stayed in college when the Oakland A's drafted him following his junior year.
Then after graduation he re-entered the draft. No team picked him.
"Being an undrafted free agent is just something that I consider myself a blessing in disguise. I ended up in an excellent organization," said Giansanti. "I was able to kind of use that as motivation and get myself where I an now."
The Cubs signed the Connecticut-native as a free agent last summer and he's loving his
assignment in Peoria.
"I have to say I'm a big fan of the Midwest," said Giansanti. "The humidity kinda gets to me because of my Italian heritage, I sweat a lot. But it's not a bad place to live.
There's a saying that offense sells tickets but defense wins championships. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more exciting player on the Chiefs roster than Anthony Giansanti.
It's not because of his bat but because of his D.
"The fans love home runs and they love the long ball, offense and hitting," said Ginasanti. "But being a part of baseball my entire life, defense is more important."
Time and time again, Giansanti has been a show-stopper in the Chiefs outfield. Running into walls or sliding in the grass to make catches.
"Any time he gets a chance to make a play it seems like he's coming up big for us," said Chiefs manager Casey Kopizke. "He's laying his body on the line, making great throws and coming to play every day."
His 14 outfield assists leads the Midwest League.
"I just make sure I play my defense as aggressively and intelligently as possible. That wins ball games," said Giansanti.
Spoken like a guy who's not defensive about the route he's taking in baseball.
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