Brill Earns Second Chance In Pro Baseball

Aaron Brill '14 is playing professionally for the independent Pittsburg Diamonds of the Pacific Association. (Steven R. Smith)
Aaron Brill '14 is playing professionally for the independent Pittsburg Diamonds of the Pacific Association. (Steven R. Smith)

RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College graduate Aaron Brill (West Palm Beach, Fla./John I. Leonard) recently signed an independent professional baseball contract with the Pittsburg (Calif.) Diamonds of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs.

Brill's signing with the Diamonds represents a second chance in pro ball. After helping lead the Golden Falcons to the 2014 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) championship, he joined the Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am League last July. But he hit just .139 with Quebec before needing offseason hip surgery.

"It was a long, arduous process this winter to get back into baseball shape," said Brill, 24. "But I was committed and worked very hard. It paid off as I have made a full recovery and was granted this opportunity with the Diamonds."

Brill was primarily a shortstop during his two years with Felician. As a senior, he was named the Daktronics NCAA Division II East Region Player of the Year and the CACC Player of the Year. Brill amassed 144 hits as a Golden Falcon, and is No. 5 at the school with a .357 career batting average. His 22-game hitting streak and 11 triples in 2014 are program records.

Brill played one season each for Division-I University of Maryland-Baltimore County and Kirkwood Community College before taking a "redshirt" season in 2012. He collected more than 200 collegiate base hits, and completed his BA in psychology at Felician in 2014.  He is a 2009 graduate of John I. Leonard High of Greenacres, Fla.

Brill expects to see the majority of his time with Pittsburg as a second baseman. He is 2 for 11 on the season heading into next week's three-game series against the Sonoma Stompers.

"The plan is to keep working hard and getting chances to play," Brill said. "My goal remains to keep moving up and ultimately get a shot to play affiliated baseball."

The Diamonds were founded in 2014. They were known as the Pittsburg Mettle last season.

A list of former Felician players to sign professional baseball contracts can be viewed at www.felicianathletics.com/sports/bsb/archive/pros.