From the Field: Craig and Austin Grebeck, Oregon Baseball

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Craig Grebeck was signed as an amateur free agent in 1986 by the White Sox. He went to college at Cal State Dominguez Hills, and in his one season there put up great numbers: 12 HR, .316 AVG and .383 OBP. Those are solid numbers, so I am not sure why he was so overlooked by scouts. As a pro he would move through the minors at a good pace, hitting at every stop, and would make it to the big leagues in 1990.

He never got more than 344 at bats in a season, and was generally a utility player, but he was a very useful major leaguer and had the kind of position flexibility and hitting ability that teams need. He was not a slouch with the bat, posting OPS+ of 94 or higher in five seasons. He would retire in 2001.

I was super happy to get him at the Hawaii game while he was watching his son, who is on the Oregon team, play. I felt bad bugging him (I did it between innings while he was in the concourse), but he was nice enough to sign my card.

Year Age Tm Lg AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP OPS OPS+
1987 22 CHW-min A 378 15 67 3 6 37 62 .280 .343 .816
1988 23 CHW-min AA 450 9 53 5 7 65 72 .280 .371 .762
1989 24 CHW-min AA 533 5 80 14 15 63 77 .287 .362 .740
1990 25 CHW-min AAA 41 1 3 1 0 6 7 .195 .298 .566
1990 25 CHW AL 119 1 9 0 0 8 24 .168 .227 .463 31
1991 26 CHW AL 224 6 31 1 3 38 40 .281 .386 .846 136
1992 27 CHW AL 287 3 35 0 3 30 34 .268 .341 .727 105
1993 28 CHW AL 190 1 12 1 2 26 26 .226 .319 .588 62
1994 29 CHW-min AAA 15 0 4 0 0 1 2 .400 .471 1.004
1994 29 CHW AL 97 0 5 0 0 12 5 .309 .391 .752 98
1995 30 CHW AL 154 1 18 0 0 21 23 .260 .360 .717 91
1996 31 FLA NL 95 1 9 0 0 4 14 .211 .245 .498 34
1997 32 ANA AL 126 1 6 0 1 18 11 .270 .359 .724 89
1998 33 TOR AL 301 2 27 2 2 29 42 .256 .327 .673 77
1999 34 TOR-min AAA 16 1 2 0 0 1 1 .250 .294 .794
1999 34 TOR AL 113 0 10 0 0 15 13 .363 .443 .868 124
2000 35 TOR AL 241 3 23 0 0 25 33 .295 .364 .775 94
2001 36 BOS AL 41 0 2 0 0 2 9 .049 .093 .166 -55
12 Yrs 1988 19 187 4 11 228 274 .261 .340 .696 87
162 Game Avg. 428 4 40 1 2 49 59 .261 .340 .696 87
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/17/2015.

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Austin Grebeck started in RF for the Ducks in game four of the series, going 1 for 3. He is a talented player, but Oregon has a crowded outfield, so playing time is tough to come by. I am hoping he sees more at bats as the season progresses.

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