After being selected in the 32nd round by the Oakland A's this season, Granier was assigned to the Arizona Rookie League A's, where he posted a 1.57 ERA and a 35:7 K:BB ratio in 23 inings. He was promoted to short-season Vermont in late July and has a 1.90 ERA with a 24:18 K:BB ratio in 23.2 innings for the Lake Monsters.
Donald Moore spoke to the 22-year-old during the Lake Monsters' most recent roadtrip through upstate New York.
Donald Moore: Hi Drew, how is everything going so far this season?
Drew Granier: It's going good. I like it so far, everything is fun.
DM: How are you adjusting to pro ball?
DG: Oh yeah, I'm starting to. The long bus rides and traveling, the constant grind, it kind of wears you out, but you just got keep playing everyday.
DM: What are your goals for this season?
DG: Try to win a championship here, and for myself, just keep getting better everyday, working on pitches, working on command.
DM: Is there anything you'd like to improve on?
DG: I've been working on my change up. I think that needs some improvement. It's a big pitch in this league and I just keep working at it everyday.
DM: What is your greatest strength as a ball player?
DG: I'd say my mentality.
DM: Any pregame routine?
DG: Not really. I just like to have the ball every five days.
DM: Favorite thing to do off the field?
DG: I like to fish and just hang out with my friends.
DM: Favorite team growing up?
DG: Houston Astros.
DM: Favorite player?
DG: Roger Clemens.
DM: If there is one person who taught you the most about the game of baseball, who would that be?
DG: My dad. When I was growing up, he always pushed me, and always wanted me to have better than what I had on the field.
DM: Favorite city you played in?
DG: Probably at Old Miss.
DM: Craziest thing you've ever seen on a baseball diamond?
DG: Last weekend I guess, when the other coach got tossed. That was pretty fun to watch.
DM: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
DG: Hopefully still playing and having a chance to get called up to the big leagues.
DM: Thank you so much.