Miami Marlins Season in Review: Connor Grant

WICHITA, KS - AUGUST 06: Pitcher Tim Hudson #15 of the Kansas Stars delivers a pitch against the Colorado Xpress in the second inning during the NBC World Series on August 6, 2016 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kansas. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
WICHITA, KS - AUGUST 06: Pitcher Tim Hudson #15 of the Kansas Stars delivers a pitch against the Colorado Xpress in the second inning during the NBC World Series on August 6, 2016 at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita, Kansas. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images) /
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Throughout the 2018/2019 offseason, Marlin Maniac will devote one article each for every player who appeared in the Miami Marlins system for the 2018 season. Every. Single. Player. This is Part 43 of 286. Stay tuned.

Connor Cubelic Grant is a 6’3″, 190 lb. outfielder from Columbia, SC. Born on November 15th, 1996, the Miami Marlins selected him out of North Greenville College in the 21st round of the 2018 draft, with the 627th overall selection. Follow him on Twitter @ConnoGrant.

Eight players chosen with the 627th selection have someday made it as far as the major leagues. Buzz Capra (1969, New York Mets, 6.9 career WAR) and David Lee (1995, Colorado Rockies, 2.0 WAR) lead the pack.

In three seasons of college baseball, one with the division I College of Charleston, then two with North Greenville, Grant slashed a .343/.402/.563 line in 125 games. He scored 112 runs in total, drew 41 walks while striking out 55 times in 435 at bats, and most notably, stole 35 bases in 41 attempts.

Clearly, Grant’s best tool is his plus-plus speed, and he can also hit pretty good too. Defensively, he made one error in 44 total chances as a professional for a .980 fielding percentage. He appeared in 34 games for the DSL Marlins in the outfield, 26 of them in right field.

Grant signed with the Miami Marlins for a $75,000 bonus on June 13th, then reported to the GCL Marlins on June 18th. He slashed .246/.320/.325 in 35 games in total, with six doubles, one home run, eight RBI, and 16 stolen bases in 19 attempts. He also drew 12 walks versus 23 strikeouts in 129 plate appearances. He had nine multi hit games.

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On July 25th, in an 8-6 loss to the GCL Cardinals, Grant batted ninth and hit two doubles, stole two bases, scored once and collected an RBI. On August 9th, Grant batted sixth and hit two singles and a double, with an RBI, two stolen bases, and a run scored as the Marlins handed it to the GCL Cardinals, 8-4. On August 24th, in a 6-5 Marlins loss to the GCL Cardinals, Grant hit a single and a two-run homer, drew a walk, and scored twice.

The GCL Marlins finished the season with a 25-31 record, finishing third in the GCL East Division.

Grant should start his second professional season with the Batavia Muckdogs in the short-season-A New York-Penn League when they start in mid-June 2019. A normal line of progression would see him compete for a roster spot with the Miami Marlins in 2023.

Next. Joe Strzelecki's 2018 Season Review. dark

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