NEW YORK – Recent Columbia baseball graduate Tim Giel has been signed as a free agent pitcher by the New York Yankees.

Giel’s signing comes on the heels of classmate Alex Black being drafted in the 2013 MLB amateur draft by the Kansas City Royals.

Giel’s Columbia career culminated this year with his most impressive season. The right-hander threw 64.2 innings, posting a 3.20 ERA and 3-3 record. The Gibsonia, Pa. native also record 51 strikeouts, his highest total in a single season. Three times in 2013 Giel went the distance, while also registering a pair of shutouts against Ivy League foes Brown and Penn.

Over the course of his four years with the Lions, Giel posted a 10-9 record and a 4.03 ERA in 190 innings of work. During the 2011 season, Giel came on and saved five games, setting the program record in the category that was matched this year by Black.

The signing makes four Columbia baseball players to sign with professional clubs in the last two years. In 2012, Dario Pizzano (Seattle Mariners) and Pat Lowery (Anaheim Angels), both currently playing in the Midwest League, were drafted in the MLB amateur draft, while Black was selected on Saturday, June 8 by the Royals.