Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports today:
Outfielder Grant Desme, one of the Oakland Aâ€™s top prospects, has decided to retire from baseball in order to pursue the priesthood. An Aâ€™s official confirmed Desmeâ€™s decision this morning, saying the 23-year-old is â€śseriousâ€ť about the big career change.
After batting .288 with 31 home runs in 131 games in A-ball last year, Desme opened eyes with stellar play in the Arizona Fall League, where he won the prospect-laden league MVP award. Baseball America currently has him pegged as the #8 prospect in the A’s chain.
He played so well in the fall that the A’s were seriously considering inviting him to major league spring training this season.
“If he keeps putting up these kinds of numbers, it’d be hard not to bring him in [to Spring Training],” Keith Lieppman, A’s director of player development, told MLB.com in October. “There’s a lot of good things happening with him right now. At this stage, he looks like the complete package.”
So does this spook the teams who were considering drafting Tim Tebow?