BOAZ – Washington Nationals affiliate the Hagerstown Suns announced Tuesday that former Snead State baseball player Grant DeBruin would be headed to the 56th Annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game later this month.
Grant signed with the Hagerstown Suns in January following two years playing professionally in independent baseball with the Joliet Slammers. This is his first year in the Washington Nationals' farm system and his first year in affiliated Minor League Baseball.
The third-baseman leads the Suns with 59 hits and 27 RBIs, is first on the team in batting average (.317) and on base percentage (.380). His batting average is tied for the fifth highest in the league among those who have accumulated enough at-bats to qualify.
He spent 2013 and 2014 with the Slammers in the Independent Frontier League. Combined in those two seasons, he hit .304 with 41 doubles, three triples and 13 homeruns.
DeBruin transferred to the University of Alabama in Huntsville after finishing at Snead State in 2010. He finished his senior year in 2012 batting .374 with a .610 slugging percentage, 50 RBIs, 16 doubles and eight home runs. The native of West Palm Beach, Fla., received All-American honors from the NCBWA.
"It's great to see one of our former players pursing his career in professional baseball and continuing to play the game he loves," said Snead State Head Coach Gerry Ledbetter. "I wish him nothing but the best in his future and in his representing of our program."
Grant is the third Snead State player over the last 10 seasons to play professional baseball. A total of 54 baseball players have signed with a four-year college or university to continue playing baseball in the past 10 seasons.