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.
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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.