Via Jon Paul Morosi, one of Oakland’s very best prospects is retiring from baseball to become a priest. Grant Desme, who was the A’s second round pick in 2007, is a career .286-.365-.557 hitter in the minors, and was ranked by Baseball America as the team’s 8th best prospect earlier this week. It sucks for Oakland, but good for Desme for doing what he wants. Goes to show just how many different ways prospects can fall short of their ceilings.
Friend of RAB Amanda Rykoff caught Desme in action in the Arizona Fall League a few months ago, in what ultimately turned out to be one of his final games.