Name: Grant Desme
School/Year: Cal-Poly/ Junior
Round Selected: Second
Short Bio: Desme began his collegiate career at San Diego State, playing under Tony Gwynn. After transferring to Cal-Poly, he eventually earned the Big West Conference’s Triple Crown in 2007 despite breaking his wrist towards the end of the season. He had double-digit homeruns and stolen bases for the Mustangs. Desme is the fourth highest selection in Cal-Poly history. Desme was a Louisville Slugger Second Team All-American in 2007. He was honorable mention All-Big West Conference in 2006. Desme played some infield as a freshman at San Diego State and in high school, but was an outfielder at Cal-Poly. He grew up in the Bakersfield, California area.
OaklandClubhouse: Congratulations on being drafted. Where were you when you found out that you were selected?
Grant Desme: Thanks! I was in San Luis Obispo when we heard.
OC: Were you expecting to be drafted around the spot that you did?
GD: Sort of. We had talked to a few people and we thought it was possible that I’d be selected around that area.
OC: Did you know that Oakland had had an interest in you?
GD: Not really. I hadn’t filled out anything [for the A’s]. I had talked to a scout and that was about it.
OC: You had a wrist injury at the end of this season at Cal-Poly. Is that pretty much healed at this point?
GD: No, I’m still in a cast right now. I am actually going tomorrow to get it off.
OC: What kind of a rehab are the expecting you to have after the cast comes off?
GD: I’ve heard about two or three weeks [before he starts swinging again].
OC: At this point, are you leaning towards signing or going back for your senior season?
GD: I definitely plan on signing.
OC: What were your considerations when you were deciding about whether you’d rather sign or go back to school?
GD: I never really thought about coming back for my senior year. I felt like I was ready and playing pro ball has always been my dream, so I thought that if given a chance [to go pro], that is the direction I’d want to go.
OC: You had a huge year at Cal-Poly before getting hurt. Were there any adjustments that you made that allowed you to have such a big year?
GD: Just finding an approach at the plate that really gave me a chance to succeed.
OC: Is there a particular outfield position that you prefer to play?
GD: I like to play center, but I don’t mind playing the corners either.
OC: Was there a team or a player that you grew up watching?
GD: I followed the Yankees. Derek Jeter is my favorite player. I used to be a shortstop, so when I was playing over there, I tried to follow him. I definitely followed Jeter in terms of seeing how hard he plays the game and trying to be like that.
OC: What are you expecting out of pro ball? Have you heard much about it from former teammates?
GD: Just that it is a lot of fun. [laughs]
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