Chicago Cubs: Turning challenges into teaching moments
Looking back at it now as a member of the Cubs, an organization that openly embraces guys who play multiple positions, Giambrone is nothing but thankful for this challenge he faced.
"“That’s only helped me now because of how many positions I play. With the Cubs, you have to play different positions. Most everybody on the team plays every other spot.”"
After a couple of years at Jones County, Giambrone transferred to Delta State University, where he made a name for himself as a defensive standout in his senior year. He started all 59 games, making just four errors in 284 opportunities. Those efforts helped him net both the ABAC-Rawlings Gold Glove as well as the ABCA-Rawlings Defensive Player of the Year.
And that’s not to take away from what he did at the plate. Giambrone tied for the team lead in home runs, swiped 11-of-16 bags and batted .386 – including a scorching .650 (13-for-20) mark in the GSC Tournament, where he earned Most Outstanding Player.
All of this culminated in interest from multiple big league clubs. Of course, one of those organizations? The Chicago Cubs. The team invited him to work out at Wrigley Field – something he says he’ll never forget.
"“I was able to work out for a few teams and the Cubs had a workout at Wrigley, so that was absolutely amazing. To get to meet everyone at Wrigley as far as coordinators, scouting directors, front office guys – it was an incredible experience to just walk into that ballpark. “"