Tigerville, S.C. -- North Greenville outfielder Connor Grant will take the next step in his baseball career as he was drafted by the Miami Marlins on Wednesday afternoon in the 21st round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft.
The Marlins selected Grant in the 21st round with the 627th overall pick. Should he choose to play professionally, Grant could get his start fairly close to home with the Greensboro Grasshoppers, a Class A affiliate of the Marlins. Other Class A teams in the organization include the Batavia Muckdogs in New York and the Jupiter Hammerheads in Jupiter, Florida.
Grant is the 11th NGU baseball player to receive the call from a major league franchise as a drafted prospect and the third drafted player to make the leap to Major League Baseball under Landon Powell. Grant joins fellow outfielder Clark Scolamiero and pitcher Adam Boghosian as draft picks and Alan Staton who picked up a free-agent contract with the Cardinals.
Connor Grant anchored a dangerous NGU offensive line-up and was a solid defender for the Crusaders. The junior hit .367 on the season with 13 - doubles, three triples, and 10 - homers last season to lead the Crusaders to the NCAA Southeast Regional Rounds. He has also led the Crusaders with a .613 slugging percentage. In the outfield Grant was just as solid as he was at the plate with a perfect fielding percentage, accounting for 108 putouts.