The Lids Missouri Bulls had their first player drafted last week. Current Bull Adam Grantham was drafted in the 32nd round by the Atlanta Braves, the 989th overall pick in the draft.
Grantham who committed to play at Arkansas State University next season was excited when he got that call letting him know he had been selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft. "I heard some things about me being drafted," Grantham said, when asked if he expected the call. "I knew it was a possibility, but at the same time I didn't know for sure."
"I was sitting at my house and Jon David French called me," Grantham continued. "He's the scout for the Braves who kind of got it all going. He told me the Braves called him and told him they had drafted me."
"Various scouts for the Braves came and watched me a couple of games this year," Grantham said. "The Braves have always been a great organization. They are known for developing pitchers in their minor league system."
Grantham has a tough decision to make as he signed to play baseball at Arkansas State University next season, less than an hour from his hometown of kennett, Mo. He said he is unsure if he will attend college or sign with the Braves.
"I haven't really decided," he said. "It's going to be a tough decision either way. I'm going to have to talk to my family about it and see what happens. I feel very lucky as I don't think I can make a wrong decision."
Adam pitched at Arkansas State last weekend coincidentally and the Braves had two scouts there watching him pitch for the Bulls vs. a team from Huntsville Alabama. Not to dissappoint anyone, Gratham threw 5 innings of shutout baseball allowing 1 hit and striking out 5 while walking only one. He lit up the radar gun as his fastball was over 90 mph several times and his breaking ball was knee buckling.
Until he figures out which direction he is going to take, Adam will continue to play for the Lids Missouri Bulls both as a pitcher and an outfielder. "This is my second summer with the Bulls program and I think it has helped keep me really sharp," Grantham said. "I like the players and the coaching staff and I especially like knowing that each and every weekend we will play against some of the best competition in the midwest."
"The Bulls are excited for Adam," said Glenn Campbell, president of the Bulls. "He is as talented as any player we've had in the program and no matter what he decides we'll follow his career closely."