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2020 Review: OF Trent Grisham

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Grisham was one of the biggest surprises for the Friars in 2020.

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Grisham is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and played his high school ball at Richland HS in North Richland Hills. Initially, the stocky outfielder was committed to stay in-state and play his college baseball at Texas Tech University, but the majors came calling after he was selected with the 15th-overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.

After spending time with numerous minor league teams, including the Class AA Biloxi Shuckers. On August 1, 2019, Grisham was promoted to the majors and made his debut on the same day against the Oakland Athletics.

Grisham was eventually traded to the Padres along with Zach Davies and cash considerations or a PTBNL. At the end of the 2019 season, Grisham had played in 51 games, slashing .231/.328/.418 with an OPS of .738, six home runs, and 24 RBIs.

The abbreviated 2020 season was a bit of a breakout for Grisham in his first season with the Padres. He ended up playing in 59 out of the possible 60 games, mainly holding down center field. Grisham wound up providing a key role as a spark-plug in the lineup behind stars Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis. At the end of the year, he finished fourth on the team with 10 home runs, joining Machado, Tatis, and Wil Myers as the only players to hit double-digit home runs while also stealing 10 bases, good for second behind Tatis’ 11.

For his performance, Grisham was awarded the NL’s Golden Glove for center field.

Grisham will once again start in 2021 for a Padres team that did nothing but make power moves this offseason in order to gain some ground on the World Series Champions Dodgers. He’ll join fellow rising star Jake Cronenworth as young talents who have helped create a winning culture infused with youth and energy alongside the team’s established veterans.

2020 particulars

Age: 24

Stats: (59 games) .251/.352/.456, .808 OPS, 42 runs scores, 54 hits, 10 home runs, 26 RBIs, 10 stolen bases

Salary: $575,000

Game of the year

Grisham’s best game of 2020 came on August 22 when he hit a trio of home runs against the Houston Rangers, going yard in the first, second, and seventh innings. It was his first multi-HR game of his career and the first three-home run performance for the Padres since Hunter Renfroe did it on June 14, 2019.