Geoffrey Edward Blum is a professional baseball player from the United States of America who plays as an infielder. Blum began his playing career during high school, at the Chino High School. Upon graduation, he attended the University of California and graduated with a degree in Sociology. Blum decided to appear for the 1994 MLB Amateur Draft and was picked at 196th overall, in the 7th round by the Montreal Expos.
Blum began in the low A-Division in the NYPL at Vermont. The following year, in 1995, he moved up to the Advanced A-Division after posting a .344 average in 241 at-bats, in the lowest division. At the Advanced A-Division, Blum was again a standout with 62 RBI and a .263 batting average. Blum was promoted to the AA-Division in 1996 and in an average season, posted a .240 batting average with 41 RBI in 396 at-bats. His .341 on-base percentage was probably the lone stat that supported his cause while 95 hits and just 1 homer didn’t help him much. However, he was considered good enough to be sent up to the AAA-Division but an injury brought an early close to Blum’s season.
At the time the injury struck, Blum had played 118 games in the division and had batted at .248 in 407 at-bats. He was playing as a second baseman or as a short stop, depending on what the team demanded off him. Struck by injury, Blum sat the remainder of the season out on the bench and then returned to the 1998 season with the Gulf Coast Expos in the Rookie League. The return was swift and within the season, Blum rose through the Rookie League, the Advanced A-Division, the AA-Division and finally ended up in the AAA-Division.
The majority of his appearances, in 1998, were in the AA-Division where he played 39 games at an ERA of .309. Despite reaching the AAA-Division, before the end of the season, , Blum wasn’t part of the MLB roster in 1999 and began in the AAA again. He did, however, make it to the MLB roster after about 77 games in the AAA-Division. In his first appearance in the MLB, Blum played 45 games and had 133 at-bats at an average of .241. His 32 hits saw him send 8 over the wall during his rookie year.
In 2000, Blum was part of the Houston Astros’ MLB roster for the entire season. Although injury didn’t allow him to be available for all the games, Blum did play 124 games at an average of .283.In 2001, Blum played his final season with the Montreal Expos and set a career high in appearances (148) and at-bats (453). With 9 homers and a .236 batting average, although Blum wasn’t extraordinary through the season, he did play a significant role in the team. At the end of the season, Blum moved to the Houston Astros for the first of his two stints with the franchise.