WVU alumnus and current baseball student assistant Jimmy Galusky will add to his new coaching resume this summer with a position on the new-look West Virginia Black Bears. The Arthurdale, West Virginia native has been with the Mountaineers throughout the 2020 season, and will now serve as a position coach for the Black Bears this summer.
The Black Bear team was restructured in the total revamping of minor league baseball during the offseason and is now one of the six founding members of the MLB Draft League, which is designed to showcase draft-eligible prospects leading up to the Major Lague Baseball Draft. Participants in the league do not forfeit their collegiate eligibility. It is expected that some current Mountaineers will play in the league.
Galusky, a native of Arthurdale, West Virginia, is a former shortstop for the Mountaineers who drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2018 after three seasons as a starter for the Mountaineers. He played one season in the minors for the White Sox organization. During his professional playing career, he had a .298 batting average in 37 games with 16 runs scored. At West Virginia, Galusky played from 2016-2018 and was named to the All-Big 12 Honorable Mention Team twice in 2016 and 2017.
In his Mountaineer career, he hit .259 while starting 171 of 173 games, producing 73 RBI and scoring 92 runs.
The Black Bears’ inaugural season begins today, Monday, May 24, against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (7:05 p.m.). While Opening Day is sold out, limited tickets remain for the remainder of the Black Bears Opening Week, May 25-July 1.
The MLB Draft LEague has a planned 68-game regular season