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One of the newest members of the Boston Red Sox has a long track record of getting on base – a sight that fans will get accustomed to seeing.
On day two of the MLB Draft it is often a commonality to see proven collegiate players scooped up by teams. The Red Sox did just that by selecting Devlin Granberg in the 6th round out of Dallas Baptist University.
In his Senior campaign, Granberg had an outstanding .443 average, while launching 13 homeruns and 70 RBI’s. Additionally, he led the nation in hits with 112. He was named the Fayetteville Regional Tournament MVP by going 12-18 in an effort to power the Patriots to the College World Series.
We had the opportunity to catch up with Granberg and ask him a few questions:
Question: Pre-Draft: Who was your favorite MLB team?
DG: Pre-draft, my favorite team was the Colorado Rockies. I am from around Denver, and I grew up loving Larry Walker, Todd Helton, and Troy Tulowitzki. I loved going to Coors Field with my dad and watching those legends play.
Question: What player(s) did you idolize growing up?
DG: Growing up, I idolized Larry Walker. He played in Colorado when I was very young, but I still remember his historic seasons in the early 2000’s. I loved how he played the game and how he handled himself off the field.
Question: You’ve been compared to Red Sox legend, Kevin Youkilis, in the manner that you always find a way to get on base. What do you attribute to your incredibly high career batting average to?
DG: I think that being on base and hitting for a high average depends upon how consistent you can be with your approach at the plate. Kevin Youkilis was so great because he was able to have a great approach day in and day out, and his consistency and his willingness to be himself led him to a phenomenal career.
Question: Is there one pitcher in the big leagues that you are looking forward to facing?
DG: I think facing Clayton Kershaw would be awesome. We worked with him some at Dallas Baptist University, and it would be awesome to hit off one of the all-time greats
Question: What goals do you have for yourself / how soon are you hoping to get to Boston?
DG: My goal in the Red Sox organization is to give Boston, and the other teams in the organization, my best day in and day out. I hope to play the game the best way that I know how, and I hope that I can be a role model for younger players playing the game.
Question: What does it mean to you to be drafted by the Boston Red Sox?
DG: I am extremely excited to be a part of such an incredible organization. God has blessed me in many ways, and I hope to make the most of this opportunity with one of the best organizations in all of the Major Leagues.
After interviewing Devlin, it is very clear that the Red Sox are getting a first class individual.
It is worth noting that he has already signed with the Sox.
Being a college Senior, it is likely that the front office will expedite his development to see how quickly he can adapt. It would not be unlikely to see Granberg start in Portland, but I would anticipate seeing the former Dallas Baptist slugger begin his MLB career in Salem.
The Red Sox certainly got a steal in the 6th round, take a look at some highlights!
— DBU Baseball (@DBU_Baseball) June 5, 2018