Nick Grant is the third player from Milford High to be picked in the Major League Baseball draft in the past two years.
Now he hopes life slows down just a bit.
“It’s definitely been pretty wild to say the least these last couple of weeks,” Grant said. “I can’t seem to catch a break no matter where I go … there’s always something happening.
“I played in the state championship baseball game, graduated from high school and now have been drafted by the New York Mets … It all still seems a little surreal to me.”
New York drafted Grant in the 15th round with the 470th pick overall as he joined the select company of former teammates Jerrell Allen (Kansas City) and Devon Reed (Miami), who were selected last year. According to his Twitter feed, Allen recently completed extended training. Reed did not sign with the Marlins and is playing at the College of Charleston.
Milford coach Nick Brannan, whose Buccaneers fell to St. Mark’s 4-3 in the state title game on May 29, was thrilled when he heard that yet another product of his baseball program has a chance to play pro ball.
“We’re very fortunate at Milford at the moment,” Brannan said. “It’s a high point for our program to have the talent that we’ve had come through.”
Grant, a right-hander, struck out 44 batters in 38 innings during his senior season, earning three wins and a save. He also batted .359 and knocked in 17 runs.
Grant, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, also played first and third base for Milford, though the Mets are looking at him as a pitcher. His fastball has been clocked in the low 90s and he routinely throws three different pitches.
Even though Grant has already given a verbal commitment to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., he said he is going to sit down and weigh his options with his family before deciding to turn professional or go to school.
“I’m still undecided, but I will have up until July 15 to make my decision,” Grant said of Major League Baseball’s signing deadline. “It’s all very exciting … just a dream come true.”
Brannan said he’ll leave the decision to Grant and his family.
“Nick and his family are going to have to sit down and discuss it and weigh the options,” Brannan said. “But it’s an opportunity that definitely must be considered. Just being the 470th player selected in the draft is an honor in its own right.”
Grant also was the starting quarterback for the football team his junior year but suffered a knee injury in preseason camp prior to his senior season.
He was able to recuperate in time for the baseball season, where he helped to put Milford back on the map.
“I just believe that more and more scouts are recognizing that Delaware high school baseball is legitimate and we’re getting more attention,” Brannan said. “Nick Grant’s had some buzz. His name was well-known and out there, so more people paid attention to Milford baseball. That’s always a plus.”